Reacting to an appeal from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled this week that one of three patents covering embryonic stem cell research can stand, reports a news article at Yahoo!. Rulings on the other two are pending. UW Madison's James Thomson was the first person to isolate embryonic stem cells, and the ruling upholds his work as patentable due to the "highly complex and unpredictable nature" of the field, as the story quotes examiner Gary Kunz.
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