Exporting DNA – striking a balance between preventing exploitation and promoting innovation

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dc.contributor.author Pepper, Michael Sean
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-12T06:27:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-12T06:27:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02
dc.description.abstract DNA contains the blueprint of life. Variations in the script determine the great diversity that characterises our planet. As the analysis of large datasets derived from DNA reveals the hidden secrets of normal and abnormal structure and function as well as our ancestry, the movement of DNA between research laboratories is becoming commonplace. DNA is a resource that can be used for the benefit or to the detriment of the individuals and communities from which it is derived. But can DNA be treated as a simple commodity? How do we deal with questions such as sovereignty, discrimination and commercialisation? What underlies the current trends in attempting to regulate the movement of DNA? And how can we achieve a balance between preventing exploitation and promoting innovation? This brief overview attempts to contextualise the current landscape in South Africa with regard to the DNA that is destined to leave our shores. en_ZA
dc.description.department Immunology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.samj.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pepper, M.S. 2017, 'Exporting DNA – striking a balance between preventing exploitation and promoting innovation', South African Medical Journal, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 106-107. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i2.12122
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/63508
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Health & Medical Publishing Group. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Works License (CC BY-NC 3.0). en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Exploitation en_ZA
dc.subject Innovation en_ZA
dc.subject Research laboratories en_ZA
dc.subject Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) en_ZA
dc.title Exporting DNA – striking a balance between preventing exploitation and promoting innovation en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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