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Transgenic cell patent granted “in error”

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7235.602/f (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:602
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The European Patent Office in Munich, Germany, has admitted a mistake in recently granting a patent to a process that could potentially lead to the cloning of humans. Last week the environmental group Greenpeace issued a critical statement that was followed by a storm of public protest.

    The patent EP 0695351 on the “isolation, selection, and propagation of animal transgenic stem cells” originally belonged to Edinburgh University and …

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