The biotech hits just keep coming. As if that nasty Protein Design Labs (PDLI) - Get Report news isn't horrible enough, this morning's Los Angeles Times online (didn't even make the hard-copy national edition) is reporting that Human Genome (HGSI) made some mistakes in its patents.

"Scientists have uncovered what they believe are glaring human errors in a patent issued last month to Human Genome Sciences for a human gene that plays a crucial role in AIDS," the bearish story reads.

Well, why don't they just shoot the darn thing?

I tried to bang out some on the short side as soon as I read it, but others reacted faster and it is already an 80 bid. Down 10. And it is only 9 a.m.

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Don't forget, biotech is this market's

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