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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...
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...
- A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
- A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
- In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
- The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
- A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.