Global Genes, Local Concerns
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Global Genes, Local Concerns

Legal, Ethical, and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking

Edited by Timo Minssen, Janne R Herrmann and Jens Schovsbo

With interdisciplinary chapters written by lawyers, sociologists, doctors and biobank practitioners, Global Genes, Local Concerns identifies and discusses the most pressing issues in contemporary biobanking. Addressing pressing questions such as how do national biobanks best contribute to translational research and how could academic and industrial exploitation, ownership and IPR issues be addressed and facilitated, this book contributes to the continued development of international biobanking by highlighting and analysing the complexities in this important area of research.
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Chapter 14: IP policies for large bioresources: the fiction, fantasy, and future of openness

Kathleen Liddell, Johnathon Liddicoat and Matthew Jordan


This chapter aims to bring the issue of IP policies for large bioresources out of the long shadows of rhetoric about openness. It will highlight two fictions: first, that the idea of openness is clearly defined; second, that organizations are committed to openness. It will also highlight the fantasy that harmonization of bioresources’ access policies is feasible and desirable. The chapter will conclude by outlining future research to improve openness and IP policies for large Gx and SB bioresources.

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