Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

5. Genomics Knowledge

Halla Thorsteinsdottir, Abdallah S Daar, Richard D Smith, Peter A Singer

Problems in applying genomics knowledge at the global level

  • Intellectual property rights and patent legislation
  • Turning knowledge in to practice: the importance of 'access goods'

Although in principle genomics knowledge has considerable global public good characteristics, in reality knowledge does not always express the public goods characteristics that it is claimed to possess. Of importance there are two major factors which compromise the public good characteristics, and therefore application, of genomics knowledge.