Who Owns You: The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes / Edition 1

Who Owns You: The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes / Edition 1

by David Koepsell
     
 

Surely you own your own genes, don't you? Think again. Now that the race to map the human genome is over, another competition has ensued. Biotech companies, universities, and research institutions, sensing a biological gold mine, have been engaged in a furious scramble to patent human genes. Presently, more than one-fifth of the human genome is fully patented. As

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Overview

Surely you own your own genes, don't you? Think again. Now that the race to map the human genome is over, another competition has ensued. Biotech companies, universities, and research institutions, sensing a biological gold mine, have been engaged in a furious scramble to patent human genes. Presently, more than one-fifth of the human genome is fully patented. As far-fetched as it may sound, corporations and universities now own the exclusive rights to many precious parts of you.

How can this be? Patenting human genes violates international agreements and flies in the face of historical and legal norms regarding the ownership of human parts. Not only that, the practice is a costly and unethical aberration in the law of intellectual property that threatens to impede the pace of scientific and technological progress. Who Owns You? is a wake-up call to the far-reaching implications of the insidious nature of gene patenting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405187305
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions Series, #18
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Individual and Collective Rights in Genomic Data: Preliminary Issues 20

2 Ethics and Ontology: A Brief Discourse on Method 40

3 The Science: Genes and Phenotypes 49

4 DNA, Species, Individuals, and Persons 66

5 Legal Dimensions in Gene Ownership 83

6 Are Genes Intellectual Property? 101

7 DNA and The Commons 119

8 Pragmatic Considerations of Gene Ownership 137

9 So, Who Owns You?: Some Conclusions about Genes, Property, and Personhood 155

Notes 171

Index 181

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