Use of sequence databases - ethics?
ed at MOLBIOL.UCT.AC.ZA
Tue Dec 10 08:11:51 EST 1996
> From: Wolfgang Wuster <bss166 at bangor.ac.uk>
> Subject: Use of sequence databases - ethics?
> Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 16:51:30 +0000 (GMT)
> I was wondering whether there is a widespread consensus among molecular
> biologists regarding the extent to which published sequences can be
> re-used, and published in one's own name without it becoming a case of
I have been in exactly this position a couple of times, with
sequence analyses of both poty- and geminiviruses - and I took the
view that if a sequence is published in a database (which with plant
viruses usually means it has been published in print as well), then
it is "public domain" in that I can use it as long as I correctly
cite who sequenced it. I think this constitutes "fair use" as far as
databased sequences are concerned.
Ed Rybicki, PhD
Dept Microbiology | ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za
University of Cape Town | rybicki at uctvms.uct.ac.za
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