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2010-05-03 09:10:00

WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In what two consumer groups today praised as a victory for open scientific inquiry, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a controversial patent on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). "This is a major victory for unfettered scientific research that could lead to cures for some of the most debilitating diseases," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Stem Cell Project Director. The...

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2010-03-31 05:55:15

A federal judge has invalidated patents on two genes that are believed to play a role in breast cancer, ruling that they were natural and not the product of human effort. The ruling, handed down on Monday by New York Federal District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet cancelled out seven patents involving the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The genes, which when mutated have been linked to breast cancer, had been held by Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah. In his 156-page decision, Sweet ruled that...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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