Cultural Challenges to Biotechnology: Native American Genetic Resources and the Concept of Cultural Harm

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 35, p. 396, 2007

16 Pages Posted: 7 May 2009 Last revised: 18 Nov 2014

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Rebecca A. Tsosie

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This article examines the intercultural context of issues related to genetic research on Native peoples. In particular, the article probes the disconnect between Western and indigenous concepts of property, ownership, and privacy, and examines the harms to Native peoples that may arise from unauthorized uses of blood and tissue samples or the information derived from such samples. The article concludes that existing legal and ethical frameworks are inadequate to address Native peoples' rights to their genetic resources and suggests an intercultural framework for accommodation based on theories of intergroup equality and fundamental human rights.

Keywords: Bioethics, Native Americans, Genetics

Suggested Citation

Tsosie, Rebecca A., Cultural Challenges to Biotechnology: Native American Genetic Resources and the Concept of Cultural Harm (2007). Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 35, p. 396, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1399608

Rebecca A. Tsosie (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

HOME PAGE: https://law.arizona.edu/rebecca-tsosie

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