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Court adviser deals blow to stem cell patents

James Nurton, London

Research on embryonic stem cells in Europe could be set back following an opinion by the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU

In the opinion, published on March 10, Advocate General Yves Bot said that inventions are not patentable if they involve the destruction of embryonic stem cells. The opinion is not binding on the court.

The case was referred to the...

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