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European Union ban on stem cell patents is a threat both to science and the rule of law

from The Guardian

The full implications of the recent ban on stem cell patents by the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union could take a long time to assess. From a legal perspective, the court's ruling is seriously flawed. In a case brought by Greenpeace against the German neuroscientist Oliver Bruestle, the EU court controversially ruled that an unclear and much litigated prohibition in EU patent law on "commercial and industrial uses of human embryos" applies to therapeutic products and therapies containing embryonic cells when the derivation of the cells or lines originally required the destruction of human embryos. more

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