Chapter 31. Legal and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

  1. Justine Burley and
  2. John Harris
  1. Pilar Ossorio

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch31

A Companion to Genethics

A Companion to Genethics

How to Cite

Ossorio, P. (2004) Legal and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology, in A Companion to Genethics (eds J. Burley and J. Harris), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch31

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206989

Online ISBN: 9780470756423



  • ethical issue;
  • patenting;
  • prima facie;
  • non-excludability;
  • chromosomes


The prelims comprise:

  • Introduction

  • Background on Patent Law: Fighting the Myths and Misconceptions

  • The Ethics of Patenting Human Genes