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Patenting the Harvard Scientist
Submitted by Gary Van Domselaar; posted on Thursday, June 13, 2002
Submitter "In a new phase of the battle to patent living organisms, the parents of one of the Harvard scientists credited with creating the Harvard Mouse are seeking a patent on their son. Says the mother, "clearly our Harvard Son meets the test of being a composition of matter that is novel, useful and not obvious."

"While refusing to divulge all the details of the process used to create their son, the scientist's parents maintain that it is unique. "Only one specific pattern of spouse selection, intercourse and parenting could have resulted in the creation of a son so unique and talented as to develop the Harvard Mouse."

"Lawyers opposed to the patenting of life forms have argued that the Patent Act was never intended to apply to living organisms. While it is true that the Patent Act of 1869, could not have foreseen the invention of a scientist who would invent a genetically modified mouse, Chief Justice McLachlin has pointed out that the Patent Act, by definition, is designed to address events that cannot be foreseen."

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