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European decision on embryo stem cells may undermine medical research

This article was originally published in Clinica

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In an opinion published on 18 October, the European Court of Justice has ruled that a process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, is not patentable. The ruling concerns a method invented by Oliver Bruestle of the University of Bonn for converting human embryonic stem cells into nerve cells, and upholds an earlier legal opinion of Advocate General Yves Bott.

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