Re: Stealing DNA

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 13:13:16 MDT

> Olga Bourlin wrote:
> In your opinion, is this stealing DNA? (my apologies if this case has
> already been posted - I accidentally deleted a few emails about the
> "stealing DNA" discussion):
> Nation & World : Wednesday, August 15, 2001
> Rapist snared with a sleight of straw and his DNA

Well, no organism was grown from it, so it's not theft, per se. As in
intellectual property, it's not posession of an original copy that is a
crime, it is the unauthorized reproduction, especially with the intent
to make a profit.

In the above case, police are non-profit, did not grow a new organism
from the sample. This seems to be a 'fair use' incident.

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