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EPO rejects WARF stem cell patent

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The European Patent Office will not grant patents on human stem cells that involve the destruction of a human embryo, it confirmed yesterday

The decision came in a ruling by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO on an application for "primate embryonic stem cells" made by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Federation (WARF) in 1995.

The Enlarged Board said that Rule 28(c)...


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