Patenting Dolly

No. You may not patent Dolly the cloned sheep. Dolly and other animal clones like her are too geneticially identical to her naturally occurring donors to be patented as human creations, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said yesterday.

In a decision that could impact the genetic engineering and biomedical fields, the court upheld the ruling of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which said that the Roslin Institute researchers seeking to patent the Dolly clone, which was the world's first cloned mammal when she was unveiled in 1996.

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