Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Is WARF Patenting Chickens?

Advice to Wisconsin from a Santa Monica group: Get the dollar signs out of your eyes.

John M. Simpson, stem cell project director for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, wrote an op-ed piece in the Wisconsin State Journal concerning the state's stem cell patents. In it he chastizes the Wisconsin Alumni Research Association.

He wrote:
"Patenting embryonic stem cells because you have a method to isolate them is like patenting chickens because you have a new method to provide chickenfeed. Or, like patenting food because you can cook. Nonetheless, WARF claims and has, at least for now, been granted the rights to all human embryonic stem cells in the United States. The patents' dubious validity is underscored by the fact that no other country in the world recognizes these claims."
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