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Lawmakers Agree to Ban on Patents for Human Organisms

Law360 (November 24, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. lawmakers agreed Monday to a controversial provision in a spending bill to bar the U.S. Patent Office from issuing patents on human organisms, such as genetically engineered embryos.

The provision will codify existing Patent Office rules that human organisms are not patentable subject matter and will not interfere with stem cell research, according to Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Fla., who sponsored the bill.

The provision would ban patents for genetically engineered human embryos, fetuses and human beings, but would not affect patents on genes, cells, tissue...
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