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New ‘Enclosures’ and the Creation of New ‘Common Rights’ in the Genome and in Software 1 2

a1 Medicine, Science, Health and Society Research Centre (CERMES), Site CNRS, 7 rue Guy Môquet, 94801 Villejuif cedex, France. [email protected].

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Scott Kieff, ed., Perspectives on Properties of the Human Genome (Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, 2003), 538 pp., €126.00, ISBN 0120176505.

John Sulston and Georgina Ferry, The Common Thread. A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics, and the Human Genome (Washington: Joseph Henry Press, 2002), 310 pp., €12.30, ISBN 0309084091.

Kevin Davies, Cracking the Genome. Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), 327 pp., €18.00, ISBN 0801871409.

Bronwyn Parry, Trading the Genome. Investigating the Commodification of BioInformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 319 pp., €37.50, ISBN 0231121741.

Magali Franceschi, Droit et marchandisation de la connaissance sur les gènes humains (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2004), 247 pp., €25.00, ISBN 2271062004.

Richard M. Stallman, Free Software, Free Society. Selected Essays (Boston, MA: GNU Press, 2002), 220 pp., €18.00, ISBN 1882114981.

Special Issue on Open Source Software Development, Research Policy 32 (2003), Elsevier Science.

(Published Online May 4 2006)


1 This article was translated by Rosemary Williams.

2 Maurice Cassier is a sociologist for the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), working in the Medicine, Science, Health and Society Research Centre (CERMES) in Paris. His work is focused on the appropriation of science, life and drugs. His recent publications include ‘Patents, Innovation and Public Health: Brazilian Public-Sector Laboratories' Experience in Copying AIDS drugs’, in Economics of AIDS and Access to HIV/AIDS Care in Developing Countries. Issues and Challenge (2003), and ‘Appropriation and Commercialization of the Pasteur Anthrax Vaccine’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (2005).