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)

http://www.nature.com/genomics

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

http://www.scienceonline.org/

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

http://www.usatoday.com/life/health/genetics/lhgec068.htm

Genomic Links from USA Today story

http://www.usatoday.com/life/health/genetics/lhgec073.htm

Science position on human genome sequence availability

http://www.sciencemag.org/feature/data/announcement/genomesequenceplan.shl

The National Human Genome Research Institute includes the Human Genome Project

http://www.nhgri.nih.gov/

Celera Website

http://www.celera.com/

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

http://ray.nlm.nih.gov/genome/guide/human/