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EU bans patents of stem cells if embryo destroyed

Posted By admin On October 18, 2011 @ 7:20 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

AFP [1]
October 18, 2011

Europe’s top court on Tuesday banned researchers from patenting any process to extract stem cells when it leads to the destruction of a human embryo.

In a ruling that could affect medical research, the EU Court of Justice court said the use of human embryos “for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes which are applied to the human embryo and are useful to it is patentable.”

“But their use for purposes of scientific research is not patentable,” the court ruled.

The EU judges were asked by the German Federal Court of Justice to provide an interpretation of a human embryo following an appeal from a German scientist, whose patent on a method to create nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells was ruled invalid.

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[1] AFP: http://www.france24.com/en/20111018-eu-bans-patents-stem-cells-embryo-destroyed

[2] Human sperm created from stem cells in world first, claims British university: http://www.prisonplanet.com/human-sperm-created-from-stem-cells-in-world-first-claims-british-university.html

[3] For first time, stem cells are produced from cloning technique: http://www.prisonplanet.com/for-first-time-stem-cells-are-produced-from-cloning-technique.html

[4] Scientists claim to have identified stem cells that spread cancer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/scientists-claim-to-have-identified-stem-cells-that-spread-cancer.html

[5] British scientists given permission to treat stroke victims with stem cells from aborted babies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-scientists-given-permission-to-treat-stroke-victims-with-stem-cells-from-aborted-babies.html

[6] Pigs could grow human organs in stem cell breakthrough: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pigs-could-grow-human-organs-in-stem-cell-breakthrough.html

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