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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.”