Genes for Sale: Privatization as a Conservation Policy by Joseph Henry VogelGenes for Sale: Privatization as a Conservation Policy by Joseph Henry Vogel

Genes for Sale: Privatization as a Conservation Policy

byJoseph Henry Vogel

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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With each species lost to the mass extinction crisis, the natural economy of the nation and of the world is greatly diminished. An endangered animal may hold the cure for cancer; a threatened plant could someday become a major food crop; and even bacteria often provide novel molecularstructures in polymer science. As the rainforest is destroyed and habitats are degraded, conservationists are now urgently searching for dramatic new ways to save these economic resources. In this provocative and important book, Joseph Henry Vogel details one potential solution that has met with increasing interest and popularity: the privatization of genetic information. Vogel cogently makes the case that the world should abandon the doctrine of "the common heritage of mankind" andcreate private property rights over genes. Landowners, once vested with the genetic resources on their land, will have a newfound financial incentive to protect what they now already control. Genes for Sale provides an overview of the many complexities inherent in implementing a viable conservation policy. Vogel elaborates both technical issues like the construction of a "gargantuan database" of landtitles and biological inventories, and political issues like legal reform. Clearlywritten, engaging, and timely, Genes for Sale provides students, scientists, and policy makers alike with the ideal introduction to an exciting and controversial new approach to saving our precious living heritage.
Joseph Henry Vogel is at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Quito.
Title:Genes for Sale: Privatization as a Conservation PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.71 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Statement of the Problem; Survey of the Solutions3. Genetically Coded Functions: The Importance of Definitions4. Analogy Becomes Application: Property Rights Mean Privatization5. Illustrating the Problem and the Property Rights Solution6. Genesteaders7. The Rationale, Design, and Implementation of the Gargantuan Database8. Politics9. Finance10. Final Payments: Greenhouse Gas Abatement11. Conclusion: The Ten Principles for Conserving Genetic Information

Editorial Reviews

"This book presents a clear, engaging and timely analysis of how privatization of genetic resources could contribute to the preservation of threatened biodiversity in the developing world." --Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society