Ethics and Patenting Persuasive Essay by cee-cee

Ethics and Patenting
This paper discusses patenting and ethics and looks at the commercialization of living things.
# 110848 | 1,271 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2009 in Biology (Biotechnology) , Biology (Bioethics) , Hot Topics (Cloning) , Law (General) , Ethics (General)

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In this article, the writer introduces, discusses and analyzes the topic of biology and biodiversity. Specifically the writer discusses the possibility of patenting living things and looks at what the limitations are on this patenting process. The writer explains that living things can be patented, but there are certain limitations on the patenting process. The writer also notes that there are numerous ethical issues surrounding the patenting of living things, and the morality of this practice comes into question. However, the ethics of this practice remain in question. The writer concludes that the Patent office should have guidelines that severely restrict the issuing of patents on living things, because living things, especially humans, should never become a commodity.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bagley, Margo A. "Patent First, Ask Questions Later: Morality and Biotechnology in Patent Law." William and Mary Law Review 45.2 (2003): 469+.
  • Editors. "Can Living Things be Patented?" 2008. 15 Feb. 2008. <>
  • Kevles, Daniel J. "Of Mice & Money: The Story of the World's First Animal Patent." Daedalus 131.2 (2002): 78+.
  • Pollack, Andrew. "Debate on Human Cloning Turns to Patents." New York Times. 2002. 15 Feb. 2008.

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