U.S. Law allows the patenting of genes and life forms, including
mammals. But other countries differ and consider moral issues in
reviewing patent applications; the U.S. does not. Since U.S. Patent
Law is currently under revision, should moral and ethical issues
become part of the patent review process?
The subject is part of a bioethics discussion that will happen tomorrow among MDs, philosophers and other interested individuals. I'd like to see what this board's thoughts are!