Stem cell patent fray lumbers forth


‘He deserves recognition because he undertook the arduous and timely task of getting fresh and high quality human embryos to use as starting material in his work and sufficient funding for such research, not because he did anything that was inventive,’ said Doug Melton of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, speaking of Jamie Thomson and his work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thomson’s patents of methods to isolate embryonic stem cells are being thrown out by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because what he did was ‘obvious’. (Yet these guys gave patents for one-click to Amazon? It isn’t obvious that we want to buy stuff with a few clicks as possible?) Developing. [GT]

Scientists enter stem cell patents fight

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