Free Software Magazine: Who Owns Me?
Aug 29, 2006, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)
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"One of the most disturbing ideas I've encountered in
intellectual property law is the peculiar idea of owning and being
able to patent naturally occuring gene sequences, such as those in
the Human Genome project. Even though we have been fortunate that
most of that information is not under restrictive licensing
conditions, that the laws allow such a thing is something I find
bad enough. How can it be that this holy of holies, the
fundamentally defining data that makes every cell in my body
uniquely me, should be treated as property to be owned. And if it
is owned, why is it not owned by me...?"