Saturday, March 1, 2008

Patents: the battlefield of stem cell research

The coming battle in stem cell research is beyond the ethical dispute that commonly hits the news headlines. Instead, the war will be won via patents:

In the first of several decisions expected in a patent dispute involving human
embryonic stem cells, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation said today it has been notified that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has upheld the claims of one of the foundation's key stem cell patents.
This is just one of many disputes that will cripple research beyond what legislation ever could.

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