Patenting human genes (in Polish)

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Gabriela Kawłatow


Over the past few years there has been much debate over the controversial concept of gene patents. Gene patents are a fundamental means of protecting the rights of inventors, mainly research centers and farmacutical firms, consisting of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state. Yet there is much controversy as to the appropriateness of patenting what appears to be a part of nature. Numerous legal, social, economical and ethical concerns have been raised about the effects of such patents on clinical medical practice and on research and development. This article examines existing Polish, European and American legal regulations concerning this issue, as well as the most common arguments raised for and against gene patents. It also suggests a few solutions to the discussed controversies.
Author Biography

Gabriela Kawłatow, Jagiellonian University

Gabriela Kawłatow, student
Jagiellonian University
Department of Philosophy
ul. Grodzka 52
Pl-31-044 Kraków


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KAWŁATOW, G. Patenting human genes (in Polish). Diametros, n. 32, p. 77-90, 1 jun. 2012.
Special topic – Bioethics and genetics