Gene Patents, Human Clones, and Biotechnology Policy: The Challenges Created by Globalization


  • Timothy Caulfield



In this article, the author explores the implications of globalization on human cloning laws and genetic patent policy, both domestically and internationally. From an international perspective, diverse moral and socio-political positions make cooperation in these areas particularly challenging. As a result, formulating domestic policies becomes challenging as well: should countries try to predict international consensus, or develop strong domestic policies of their own? While there is no clear answer, appreciating the complex issues involved is an essential step in the policy-making process.