Stem Cell Researchers Wont Be Allowed To Patent Any Discoveries

10.19.11 | Sarah Harnisch

     There was a major international ruling yesterday that bodes in favor of protecting embyros used for stem cell research. Europe's top court ruled any research involving human embyryos cannot be patented because human life can't be patented. Stem cell researchers were on fire, saying companies won't invest in the technology because they can't safeguard their investment. The ruling does not prevent scientists from experimenting on human embryos, but it could cost the industry billions of investment dollars.