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CJEU opinion calls for more stem cell clarity post-Brüstle

Emma Barraclough, London

The legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the EU has advised the Court to rule that an ovum whose development has been stimulated without fertilisation and which cannot become a human being cannot be considered a human embryo

But he said that if the ovum is genetically manipulated such that it can develop into a human being then it is a human embryo and cannot be patented.

Advocate General Cruz Villalón gave his opinion today in a case...

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