Use of sequence databases - ethics?

Ed Rybicki ed at MOLBIOL.UCT.AC.ZA
Wed Dec 11 02:55:40 EST 1996

> From:          burmeste at (Thorsten Burmester)
> Subject:       Re: Use of sequence databases - ethics?
> And what is the status of a _patented_ sequence in GenBank etc.? May one
> use it e.g. for phylogenetic analysis as if they were "public domain"?

If it is in GenBank, it is published: one can certainly refer to 
accession numbers in a publication, so why shouldn't one use the 
sequence in an analysis?  It's not as if one is actually synthesising 
the sequence and using it for expression purposes.

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