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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The legal debate involving the Harvard mouse is primarily focused on whether life forms can be patented (or put another way, whether patent protection should be granted with respect to life forms).
The economic and ethical controversies of scientific developments such as the invention of a new life form like the Harvard mouse directly resulted in a new development in U.
patent law was therefore changed to include the scientific development of the Harvard mouse.
Soon thereafter, patent applications for the Harvard mouse were filed in Canada, Japan, and in Europe.
The Ottawa Citizen (14 December 2002) B7; BIOTECanada, News Release, "BIOTECanada responds to Supreme Court Decision on Harvard Mouse Case" (5 December 2002) online: <http://www.
To what extent does the ruling of the Harvard Mouse case affect other areas of societal decisions regarding genetically modified plants or animals?
Through the study of transgenic animals--specifically the Harvard Mouse, the lesson invites students to examine how science and technology are closely connected to society and the law.
This is specifically a question of whether the Canadian Patent Act will allow a patent of the Harvard Mouse.
Most major industrial countries in the rest of the world have given a patent for the Harvard Mouse.
Arguments Against Issuing a Patent for the Harvard Mouse
In conclusion, the Harvard Mouse case sets the stage for patent law into the twenty-first century.
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