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The Human Genome as Common Heritage: Common Sense or Legal Nonsense?

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This essay identifies two legal lineages underlying the common heritage concept, and applies each to the human genome. The essay notes some advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and argues that patenting of human genes would be allowable under either approach.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Program Faculty for the Graduate Program in Population Health.

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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