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DatSyn News - European courts rule stem cell patents legal

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The ECJ (European Court of Justice) has deemed stem cell patents as legal in a recent court ruling. Accoring to the ECJ, the fact that the stem cells are incapable of developing into a human being makes the argument of patented stem cells falling under patented human embryos invalid. Due to the use of parthenogenesis, which develops the cells through asexual means without fertilization, no “life” is created, and thus, a patent is allowed. The case was reviewed, and ultimately pushed through after a US company, International Stem Cell Corporation, started the entire thing in the UK. The UK refused to grant the company patents to the stem cells, at which point the company took matters to the European court. "The mere fact that a parthenogenetically-activated human ovum commences a process of development is not sufficient for it to be regarded as a 'human embryo,'", the ECJ apparently decided. The International Stem Cell Corporation stated that the process they use “promises to significantly advance the field of regenerative medicine by addressing the problem of immune-rejection.” This means significant advances in the fields of biotech research and development, with a massive multitude of possible cures. The reason the research has been deemed so controversial is the fact that it involves using human embryos – but these are gathered from surplus eggs, and scientifically there is no evidence to suggest that human embryos feel physical pain, or anything at all, being just a small collection of cells with no real purpose just yet. What worries me about stem cell research isn’t so much the ethics behind it, as they are sound, but rather the fact that corporations are behind it. Corporations aren’t inherently evil – but when an entity’s primary goal isn’t the good of mankind and progress through scientific research, but profit, I get iffy. Why patent stem cell research, when it’s for the good of all? Why not just keep it free? Why not use the tax money of massive corporations to pay for our medical benefit? Oh, right – because we need that money to go into fueling wars. That, and the fact that most massive corporations don’t even pay their taxes. - See more at: http://www.datsyn.com/article/3442/2014/12/19/European-courts-rule-stem-cell-patents-legal#sthash.1Q2cNKCj.dpuf