The patenting of human embryonic stem hes cells has produced one of the most unusual and fraught situations in the history of science ethics and law this commentary examines legal and moral challenges to three foundational patents held by the wisconsin alumni research foundation warf we conclude that in the united states technical challenges may paradoxically produce a stronger . Embryonic stem cell patents european patent law and ethics pp 343 367 aurora plomer and paul torremans eds oxford university press february 2010 university of edinburgh school of law working paper no 27. For many years the question of whether or not to permit scientists to patent human embryonic stem cells hescs has perplexed europe as a whole and the individual countries therein. Stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research in particular offers the prospect of developing new therapies for serious or life threatening diseases. The patents on human embryonic stem cells involve claims on human embryonic stem cells and the processes involved in making the stem cells warf in its turn has allowed two companies geron and wicell to license its patents to various users including the national institutes of health nih
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