Saturday, July 07, 2007
DNA and the Ethics of Ownership
The Genetics and Public Policy Center
, has organized a panel on the topic of genomics and patent law
where experts will address such questions as:
Should elements of the human genome be patentable?
Who really owns DNA patents? And what, exactly, do they give ownership of?
Do gene patents foster or stifle innovation?
How might patent reform affect DNA patents?
2:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 10, 2007
National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W. -- 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045
The Center is based at Johns Hopkins and is supported by the The Pew Charitable Trusts
and by research funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute. The panel is also co-sponsored by the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.
While the questions posed and goals stated seem promising and certainly worthy of debate and discussion, the last 3 questions kind of assume the answer to the first, key question.
If anyone reading this attends, please let us know or post a comment as to reactions.