Ethical Implications for the Acquisition Access and Control of Genetic Information

Robin Mackenzie

School of Law, University of Kent Canterbury, United Kingdom

This paper seeks to examine the theoretical models which underlie intellectual property law today and the ethical implications of these insofaras they impact on the acquisition, access and control of genetic information. I shall analyse some present attempts to combine legal regulation of biotechnology with ownership in order to argue that intellectual property law must be revisioned or reimagined in order to overcome the ethical shortcomings which its present paradigms embody.

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