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No Stem Cell or Human Patenting!

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I never understood why patents were ever allowed for embryonic stem cells. They are not human inventions. They — like genes — are naturally occurring. Accordingly, the European courts have rejected stem cell patents. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected gene patents. Now, challenges are underway against U.S. patents of embryonic stem cells. From the […]

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Supremes to Decide Others Can Own Your Genes

The Supreme Court will decide whether human genes can be patented. From the Reuters story: The nation’s highest court in a brief order agreed to review a case over whether Myriad Genetics Inc may patent two genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In a 2-1 ruling on August 16, a panel of the […]

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Human Gene Test Not Patentable?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A patent is allowed if something is a human invention. Naturally occurring elements and entities should therefore, not be patentable. And now, the Supreme Court has overturned a lower court case that upheld a patent for a method of testing for genes. From the AP […]

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Greenpeace Wins “A European Victory for Ethical Stem Cell Dispute”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I wrote a few weeks ago about the European Union’s highest court ruling that products made from embryonic stem cell research cannot be patented. First Things asked me to do a longer article, which appears today in The Public Square. I start by explaining that […]

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EU Bans Patents on Embryonic Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good. As anticipated, the EU’s top court has banned patents on embryonic stem cells as EU law prohibits patenting products that came from destroying embryos. From the France International News story: Europe’s top court on Tuesday banned researchers from patenting any process to extract stem […]

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Embryonic Stem Cell Research versus the Rule of Law

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The embryonic stem cell research controversy is an ethics, not a science, debate. But it also involves the rule of law. Indeed, two recent court rulings—one in the USA and one in Europe—illustrate how the intense politics swirling around ESCR have the potential to undermine […]

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Wait a Minute to Cloning Patent Down Under

“A disgraced South Korean scientist’s application for a patent to protect his disputed human embryo cloning technology is still under review, Australia’s intellectual property protection body says. Agency spokespeople have refused to comment on why the patent would not be granted as scheduled.” It is now widely known that the cloning research of Dr. Hwang, […]

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