Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ethical issues with stem cells in Massachusetts

313 Science 1372 (8 Sept 06)has an article quoting Dr. Eggan, the recent MacArthur Fellow award winner, in the context of the current debate in Massachusetts.

Scientists object to Massachusetts Rules

"The prohibition on the creation of embryos [by fertilization] solely for use in research is implicit in the language" of the law contends the Public Health Council "[W]here the primary purpose is research, only the asexual creation of an embryo is permitted."

Eggan: the regulation would prevent Mass scientists from using cell lines derived in other states if they came from embryos created for research purposes.

BUT, Evan Snyder: "Most scientists gree that you don't want to make embryos specifically for research," he says, because it appears to be "ethically dicey."

IPBiz: the debate about the word "solely" reminds one of the debate about the word solely in 35 USC 271(e)(1), which the Supreme Court did not address in Merck v. Integra.

IPBiz: the work by ACT published in Nature, which suffered from a shortage of available embryos, was conducted at ACT's facility in Worcester, MASS, not in its facility in Alameda, CA.

***Also of interest -->

313 Science 1374

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok) wants to know which universities have hired lobbyists to help obtain earmarks and the impact of the found money on their campuses and on science.

Science noted: "Some universities see earmarks as a way to simultaneoulsy move up the academic food chain and strnegthen the local economy."

313 Science 1385

Prof. Robert Holton loses in court battle on how Florida State University can spend patent royalties on Taxol.

[This is IPBiz post 2000]


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