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Constantin Vica
University of Bucharest
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The purpose of this analysis is to widen and clarify the debate which arose during the last years around granting patents (and other ownership rights) upon different methods and mechanisms of manipulating and engineering life. In doing so, I draw a limited, prima facie argument against many sorts of entitlements or granting rights to those capable of manipulating life at its core level. The general tendency nowadays is to put pressure on the institutional setting in order to accept and promote the manipulation of life as a novel discovery and invention, i.e. to grant patents. I will argue why this is not only socially risky, but also morally doubtful.
Keywords intellectual property  patent rights  genes  DNA sequencing  natural rights  left-libertarianism  self-ownership
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Reprint years 2015
DOI 10.1615/ethicsbiologyengmed.2015013465
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