Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property, and Buddhism
Kaebnick presents a thorough account of ethical issues surrounding synthetic biology. Synthetic biology should give rise to a new way of thinking about the role of intellectual property rights in promoting the welfare of people around the world. Instead of tying up the products of synthetic biology in the existing regime of intellectual property rights, a new principle of conceiving the rights based on Buddhist principles is briefly introduced. Synthetic biology may increase the likelihood of widening the existing gap between advanced developed countries and their developing counterparts. According to the Buddhist principle of mutual interdependence of all things, claiming intellectual property rights without a fair way of sharing the products will be detrimental to the owners themselves, and would increase instability due to the gap between the two sides.
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