Myles Jackson (Princeton)

Property, Ownership, and Identity: Genes and Intellectual Property in the 21st Century

01.07.2021 16:00 Uhr – 18:00 Uhr

Ort: Onlinesitzung (via Zoom); Für die Zugangsdaten schreiben Sie bitte eine Email an: wg@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Zeit: 16:00-18:00 Uhr

This talk discusses the main legal theories of ownership that have shaped, and have been shaped by, genetic information. These theories have become particularly relevant now that private genomics companies, such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA (the genetic testing company of Ancestry.com), are selling access to their databases containing their clients’ genetic information to various interested third parties. While one may naïvely think that these customers ‘own’ their DNA, the situation is much more complicated. This lecture details the ownership of genetic information as property, which can potentially be converted into future financial gain. In short, I shall discuss the ‘constructedness’ and instability of expertise, ownership, knowability, privacy, and the so-called genetics of ‘race.’

Vortrag im Rahmen des Oberseminars "Perspektiven der Wissenschaftsgeschichte"