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200 Year Terms?

Posted in Science and Technology by Jake Ward on June 6, 2006

Have you ever heard of the Methuselah Mouse Prize (Mprize)?  This is a multi-million dollar contest designed to reward significant developments in scientifically reproducible life extension.   Co-founded by the controversial Cambridge biologist Aubrey de Gray, the goal of prize is to encourage research on the aging process and create a “tipping point” in anti-aging science.  It is conceivable, whatever the likelihood, that such research could lead in the near-term to a doubling of the average human lifespan, or more

Sure, a great leap for humankind and all that, and one full of ethical, theological, sociological, political, and economic issues . . . but what effect would this have on patent law?  In particular, what about patent terms?