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Patent ruling sets back EU stem cell scientists

from The Wall Street Journal

Europe's top court ruled that any research involving the destruction of human embryos can't be patented, a decision that deals a blow to scientists on the continent but gives an edge to those in the U.S. and other countries. The ruling by the European Court of Justice doesn't prevent scientists from experimenting with cells plucked from human embryos — which destroys the embryo — but it removes a key commercial incentive for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to back stem cell research in Europe. more

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