Name: Course: Instructor: Date: Is It Ethical to Patent or Copyright Genes Embryos or Their Parts? It is a well-known fact that the ethics of legal governance are hardly binary that is there are no absolute rights or wrongs. The law often seeks to balance priorities whether economic social or even ethical. The same is with the emerging issue of patenting or copyrighting of genes embryos or even their parts. Therefore the questions that light up heated arguments and discussion emerges is it ethical to copyright or Patent genes embryos or their parts. Various philosophies and theories have come up especially from the legislation field so as to ensure ethicality and legalism in the issue (Caplan & Robert 180). One of the individuals whose have confidently given their views in light of the issue is Professor Sung. According to Sung there are cases where it is morally will be for the good of the whole community. Also modern ethics tend to support the concept of the intrinsic value of all organisms. Therefore it is true to assert that many of the modern environmental ethics all aim at promoting the good of the environment and nature in general. This is coinciding with the traditional theories that also aim for the general good of everyone. This will promote the ethicality and legalism concerning the preservation of genetic information even in the case of patenting and copyright of genes (DesJardins 17-18). Works cited Caplan Arthur L and Robert Arp. Contemporary Debates in Bioethics. 2013. Internet resource. Gerards Janneke H. Genetic Discrimination and Genetic Privacy in a Comparative Perspective. Antwerpen [u.a.: Intersentia [u.a. 2005. Print. Corrigan Richard H. Ethics: A University Guide. Gloucester: Progressive Frontiers Press. 2010. Print. DesJardins Joseph R. Environmental Ethics. Belmont Calif. Wadsworth. 2012. Print. [...]
According to Sung, there are some cases in which it is morally legitimate to patent/copyright genes, embryos, or their parts. What are those cases and what is the argument for including them? According to Koepsell, there are both deontological and utilitarian reasons for prohibiting the patenting/copyright of genes, embryos, or their parts. Outline the arguments for both claims. What are some of issues to consider within the topic of genetic privacy, and what is the relationship between genetic privacy and genetic discrimination? Which of the traditional ethical theories are employed by those in the field of environmental ethics? Explain the relationship between traditional ethical theories and modern environmental ethics.