Who Owns Genetic Resources?

TitleWho Owns Genetic Resources?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractCountry X, located in Latin America, has recently adopted a policy of strictly limiting the collection of biological specimens, both plant and animal, within its borders. under new regulations, individual scientists and companies must apply for permits that, in one case, cost up to $600,000, and can take up to three years to obtain. The reason for this is to help Country X maintain soverignity over their own genetic resources and be sure that they are entitled to "fair and equitable sharing of their benefits" as stated in biodiversity convention at Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992. However, many scientists complain that existing rules of this kind are much too restrictive and inhibit the progress of science.
NotesCase from the Fifth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000 http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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