Divergence of Legal Approaches to Biotech Patent Morality in European and US Judicial Systems

Suchithra Withanage
2020 Figshare  
New questions inexorably follow in the wake of new discoveries, which then lead to new practical and intellectual challenges to overcome. The field of biotechnology is a veritable gold-mine in this regard, crossing the line drawn by moralists more than any other form of science with each leap forward. Prioritising pragmatism over moral axiology, biotechnology has garnered much debate over its use of living organisms in experimentation and production. On one hand, development at a cost can be
more » ... essary despite treading upon moral constraints as compared to the alternative, evolutionary entrenchment. On the other, the empathy and intellect to exercise morality can be considered the defining feature of humanity as compared to other species'. Maintaining a balance between the two is ideal but as was observed by Min Yan, there is much ambiguity within this area.1
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.12531776 fatcat:df3r5ws74vam3ouwlnwec22vgq