Who owns the human genome?


A biotechnology company called Celera has sequenced the entire human genome and is now in the stages of piecing it together to make a complete genome sequence from end to end.  There is considerable debate about whether that sequence should be publicly available to the scientific community or whether Celera “owns” the sequence and can charge for access to this data.  There is also considerable debate concerning whether individual gene can be patented.  


So, who owns the human genome?


Additional Resources; please use them:


Nature’s Publication of the Human Genome Issue (available only Feb. 12 and after)


Science’s Publication of the Human Genome Issue (available only Feb. 12 and after)


News Story in USA Today when the complete sequencing of the human genome was announced; includes related stories


Genomic Links from USA Today story


Science position on human genome sequence availability


The National Human Genome Research Institute includes the Human Genome Project


Celera Website


NCBI’s Human Genome “guide to online information resources”