"A discussion guide on biotechnology and the Oncomouse prepared for congregations and churches by the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches". -- back cover.
"On December 5, 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada published its decision that a genetically modified mouse, developed in the early 1980s by two scientists at Harvard University, is not an invention within the meaning of Canada's Patent Act. The split ruling (five in the majority, four dissenting) supported Canada's Commissioner of Patents when he ruled in August 1995 that Harvard University could not obtain a patent in Canada on this famous rodent, now known internationally as `the oncomouse' because of its use in cancer research. The ruling also ended a long round of appeals in Canada's lower courts". "Biopatenting is only one strand in the huge tissue of new questions raised for faith communities by contemporary biotechnology." -- From: Why this booklet, p. 1.
Contents: Why this booklet ? / Mary Marrocco, Richard Crossman, Janet Somerville -- The Mouse that Made the Lawyers Roar / Anne Mitchell and Janet Somerville -- The Oncomouse : A Test Case in Accountability ? / Stephen Allen -- Science and Religion 101 / Paul Fayter -- Thinking about Bioethics : A Way Forward / Richard Crossman -- Creation TM ? : Life and the Limits of Ownership / Eric B. Beresford -- To Oncomouse : In Appreciation / Ihor G. Kutash.
Each paper includes "Possible Questions for Discussion".
OTCH Note: Contributor Eric Beresford is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada and General Synod Consultant for Ethics and Interfaith Relations.
Canadian Council of Churches. Biotechnology Reference Group