Access to our own DNA
david at usermode.org
Mon Mar 19 17:14:03 UTC 2001
On Monday March 19 2001 05:58 pm, Jake Bowman wrote:
> Surely, of all the code that should be public, we
> should have "source" access to our own DNA?
The first time this gets into court it will be thrown out. In the meantime,
the press is doing a wonderful job of confusing the public.
No one can patent your DNA. It is preexisting and obvious. Neither can they
copyright it since they did not create it. They can *try*, and for a while
they might be able to extort royalties from other genomics firms, but I would
have a very hard time believing this would stand up in front of court.
What they can do is to patent and copyright *new* genomes and patterns of
DNA. They can also patent a particular *expression* of the human genome, as
with a database.
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