DNA Sequences as Unpatentable Subject Matter
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CitationDNA Sequences as Unpatentable Subject Matter (2001 Third Year Paper)
AbstractMan has played no part in creating DNA. It is nature which created and perfected DNA over thousands of years of evolution. What required manâ€™s ingenuity was isolating, purifying, and sequencing the DNA. These inventions deserve patent protection. After uncovering natureâ€™s handiwork, man then used his ingenuity and natureâ€™s DNA sequences to develop new inventions such as genetically modified micro-organisms. These inventions also deserve patent protection. What is not worthy of patent protection is the DNA sequence itself. These were created by nature and merely uncovered by man. DNA sequences should not be patented because in the words of Funk Brothers they are â€œfree to all men and reserved exclusively to noneâ€.
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