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EU Denies Stem Cell Patent: “They destroy embryos”

According to the European Patent Office, there will be no patents in Europe for embryonic stem cells. The board decided to fully uphold a sentence from June by a select committee regarding a request for a patent made by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, based at the University where James Thompson, the scientist who discovered stem cells, works. “European patent law prohibits the application of patents to stem cell cultures whose preparation necessarily implicates the destruction of human embryos.”

Novocell announces patent on insulin-producing stem-cell technique

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SAN DIEGO – Novocell, a small, privately held San Diego company, may have found new ways to make money from its technique for coaxing human embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing pancreatic cells.
That’s good news in a field that has had trouble attracting investor funding. Many venture capital firms have been skittish because of politics and the nascency of the embryonic stem cell science.

The biotechnology company announced Tuesday that it received a patent that essentially gives it control over all endoderm cells made from human embryonic stem cells.
Endoderm cells are precursor cells that can eventually develop into cells
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