Okay, the patent being challenged is on the products of the destruction of human beings – embryonic stem cells.
The Scientist has an article by Cathy Tran outlining the objections to the patents. If nothing else, these objections put a lie to the argument that embryonic stem cells were only discovered in 1998, so we ought to let them have our taxes to spend.
It also illuminates the way the patents are slowing research on embryonic stem cells.
My problem? My (little “l”) libertarian side is rooting for the challengers, and it has occurred to me that getting rid of the patents would mean an increase in the clamor for research.