Use of sequence databases - ethics?

Andrew Mitchell moths at
Mon Dec 9 16:12:13 EST 1996

Surely once you publish a DNA sequence it becomes part of the public
domain, and anybody can use it in a manner they see fit (eg. phylogenetic
analysis), as long as they cite their source - otherwise there appears to
be no point in publishing sequences in the first place.  DNA sequence data
are no different in this regard from descriptions of morphological
characters, being simply observations of tangible biological phenomena. 

Andrew Mitchell
Department of Entomology            E-MAIL: moths at
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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