Ethicists back EU plan to ban embryo-based patents

July 18, 2011

Twenty-five ethicists and lawyers from 11 European countries have stated their support for a proposed ban on patenting technologies derived from experiments on human embryos.

In a letter to the journal Nature, published June 30, the group argued that commercial interests alone were not sufficient to decide European policy.

The group was led by David Jones, director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford   formerly the Linacre Centre, a bioethics institute serving the Catholic Church in Great Britain and Ireland.