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Working around Europe's human embryonic stem cells patent decision
Stem cell workaround in EU
Monday, October 31, 2011
The sky isn't falling for embryonic stem cell technologies in
Europe. Despite a broad ruling by the European
Court of Justice that products derived from embryonic stem cells cannot
be patented, the scientific complexity of turning such cells into products
should provide a high barrier to competition.
Additionally, new techniques
that avoid embryo destruction, along with iPS and adult-derived stem cell
sources, are not affected by the ruling and provide patentable avenues for
developing stem cell-based therapies.
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