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Living with Dignity II: Patents and Contracts

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.003.0010

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Living with Dignity II: Patents and Contracts

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This chapter considers the bearing of human dignity on the commercial exploitation of the human body. First, it discusses the patentability of human gene sequences. It then addresses contractual questions, for example, whether respect for human dignity requires that freedom of contract should be limited where the body is exploited in some way and that freedom to contract should be limited where genetic information is used to guide the choice of contractual partners.

Keywords: human dignity; commercial exploitation; human body; patentability; gene sequences; contract

Chapter.  13116 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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