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Do I own myself?

Hang on to your old body parts-they might be worth something.

By Robert Fenner   February 2002

Let’s assume that I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. Can I also assume that I am the owner of my body? In fact, the question concerns not just my body, but parts of my body and even the cells and gene sequences from which it and they are made. What legal or moral rights do I have over them? The legal answer is, not many. If someone were to clone me, I could not invoke a patent over my person because I would not have been granted one.

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