Harmonizing Protection and Publication of Research Findings in Biosciences and Bioinformatics

  • Oscar Lizarazo CortésEmail author
  • Natalia Lamprea
  • Gabriel Nemogá Soto
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 232)


This paper discusses the criteria in decision-making processes regarding publishing results, particularly of genetic information like nucleotide and amino acid sequences that are usually uploaded into public databases. It also describes property regimes on human and nonhuman genetic information. The main reasons for publishing finding are addressed, including: editorial requisites, replicability, scientific recognition, dissemination of results, legal and contractual obligations from access to genetic resources, and contractual obligations with funders. The discussion is illustrated with brief examples of data sharing policies of scientific institutions. It is contended that research institutions and universities have to balance publishing or postponing the diffusion of genetic data and consider a middle ground option. It is argued that the release date option becomes a relevant alternative regarding data sharing policies.


intellectual property data sharing policies genetic information law bioinformatics sequences publication of results 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oscar Lizarazo Cortés
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalia Lamprea
    • 2
  • Gabriel Nemogá Soto
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Colombia, GEBIXBogotá D.CColombia
  2. 2.IndependentBogotá D.CColombia
  3. 3.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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