no. (roses_rejoice) wrote,

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dammit i should have been a bioethics expert

On August 24, 2004, the USPTO issued a patent on a method of cloning mammals (U.S. Patent No. 6,781,030). The patent is assigned to Tufts University and was originally submitted as an application in 1999.

Here's the text of Claim 1:

1. A method of cloning a mammal, comprising the steps of:
a. fusing a somatic activated donor cell and an activated, enucleated oocyte in telophase II and of the same species as the donor cell, to thereby form a nuclear transfer embryo;
b. impregnating a mammal of the same species as the nuclear transfer embryo with the fused nuclear transfer embryo under conditions suitable for gestation of the cloned mammal; and
c. gestating the embryo in step b., thereby causing the embryo to develop into the cloned mammal.

I can't for the life of me understand how anyone can think patent law is boring when stuff like this is happening, but there's no accounting for tastes.
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