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Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 16:53:19 UTC 2016

On Aug 18, 2016 7:46 AM, "Dan TheBookMan" <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Aug 18, 2016, at 7:06 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
>> What if the persons whose skin cells are used are dead?  I can see where
this is going - Olympic champions, Nobel prize winners, etc. will be
essentially cloned.  Could this lead to patents on DNA?
> In the US, federal law would have to be changed to abrogate the 02013
SCOTUS decision on this very issue:
> http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/06/gene-patent-decision-in-plain-english/

Copyright law might be more appropriate anyway.  Nucleotides are
essentially letters, and English is not the only form of putting symbols in
sequences that can be copyrighted.  Notice that computer code can be
copyrighted, even if it is also functional.

That said, there would be arguments as to who did the composition: the
donor, or the donor's parents.  There are also laws against desecrating
corpses; taking DNA without the consent of the deceased's estate would
probably count.
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