EU court bars stem cell patents when embryos destroyed

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By Michele Sinner and Ben Hirschler, Reuters

Europe's top court has banned patenting any stem-cell process that involves destroying a human embryo, dealing what some scientists said was a "devastating" blow to an emerging field of medical research.

Researchers fear the ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hobble development in an area of science that could provide a range 21st-century medicines for diseases from Parkinson's to blindness.

The European Centre for Law and Justice, a Strasbourg-based Christian group, welcomed the decision which it said "protects life and human dignity" at all stages of development. . . .

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