Perspective

Access to Stem Cells and Data: Persons, Property Rights, and Scientific Progress

Science  11 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6018, pp. 725-727
DOI: 10.1126/science.1201382

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Abstract

Many fields have struggled to develop strategies, policies, or structures to optimally manage data, materials, and intellectual property rights (IPRs). There is growing recognition that the field of stem cell science, in part because of its complex IPRs landscape and the importance of cell line collections, may require collective action to facilitate basic and translational research. Access to pluripotent stem cell lines and the information associated with them is critical to the progress of stem cell science, but simple notions of access are substantially complicated by shifting boundaries between what is considered information versus material, person versus artifact, and private property versus the public domain.

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