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This study has been carried out at the request of the European Group on Ethics in Science and new Technologies during the preparatory work of its opinion on ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells.
It covers the following subjects: Patents and Products of Nature; The Plant Patent Act; The Chakrabarty Case; Plant and Animal Patents; Ethics and Economics; Echoes in Canada; Gene Patenting.

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Authors: KEVLES D J, Department of History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2002, 84 pp., free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KA-41-01-462-EN-C Available from European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission, Brey 10/128, B-1049 Brussels, Email:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-2063-4
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