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Volume 19 Issue 1
 
 
Volume 19 Issue 1
Logics of Heredity
Jan-Feb 2006
 
Expanding Databases, Declining Liberties
By Helen Wallace, Tania Simoncelli
 
Logics of Heredity
By Kelly Happe
 
 
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The purpose of the Genetic Bill of Rights is to introduce a global dialogue on the fundamental values that have been put at risk by new applications of genetics.
 
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Rapid developments in biotechnology over the last two decades have enabled corporations and scientists to alter nature's handiwork for commercial profit. The patent, a tool originally created to insure that inventors could share in the financial returns and benefits deriving from the use of their nventions, has become the primary mechanism through which the private sector advances its claims to ownership over genes, proteins, and entire organisms.
 
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