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Ethics and genetic sequencing: who owns DNA?

You know how we talk about Columbus "discovering" the New World? How can you "discover" a place where lots of people already live?

Now turn to an example in the human body: a researcher "discovers" a new gene sequence in humans; that's news to the world. But it's not new to nature, and that was the crux of the long legal argument over the patenting of human genes.

Think about it: if you want medication or even investigation of those genes--in your own body--you might have to pay royalties to the patent owner.

Genetic law expert Jorge Contreras takes us deep into the legal and scientific realms in his book The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA.

The author visits to outline the thinking at the far edge of science and the law.

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