Harvard Mouse


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A genetically engineered mouse developed at Harvard, which carries several mouse oncogenes and promoter regions, making it highly susceptible to tumour formation, ergo a useful model for studying cancer
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To what extent does the ruling of the Harvard Mouse case affect other areas of societal decisions regarding genetically modified plants or animals?
As a class, you have decided to showcase issues arising from and relevant to the Harvard Mouse case and transgenic animals (See section 2).
The idea must arise from reading about the Harvard Mouse case and transgenic animals.
The Harvard mouse is a genetically engineered mouse designed for cancer research using a technique designed by Philip Leder and Timothy A.
Consequently, the design of the scientific technique to create the Harvard mouse raises ethical questions: whether scientists should use biotechnology to create new life forms or alter existing ones.
The minority decision attempts to reconcile the Supreme Court of Canada's majority holding in the Harvard Mouse case with the situation in Monsanto.
Although the minority decision in Monsanto appears to be consistent with the holding of the majority in Harvard Mouse, the majority decision in the Harvard Mouse case has received some criticism.
All the parties who argued on the Harvard Mouse case referred to the Canadian Patent Act, especially to the definitions in section 2:
Arguments For Issuing a Patent for the Harvard Mouse
The Harvard Mouse case dealt with an trial judge had noted that, due to the complexity of a higher life form, there were a myriad of characteristics that an inventor could not control.
The reason the Harvard Mouse vase is considered to have wide ranging implications is that the decision contained a number of directions from the Court of Appeal that potentially apply to patent applications, in general, regardless of their subject matter.
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