Patents Mouse Ruling: Hindrance or Help to Genomics Research? | GenomeWeb

An unexpected ruling in the Canadian Supreme Court blocked a patent application by Harvard University for its genetically altered oncomouse, whose genome had been tweaked to advance cancer research. According to the majority in the split 5-4 decision, Canadian law does not provide patent protection for “higher life forms” such as mammals.

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