The Human Genome Rights
The Human Genome Rights
Everyone has the right to know one's own genome information by birth.
It is the most fundamental right for a biological information object in the universe to know one's own information construct such as one's own genome. It is about knowing oneself and understanding the network of interaction partners around one.
Everyone has the right to protect one's own genome information by birth.
It is the second most fundamental right for a biological information object in the universe to protect and conceal one's own information construct such as one's own genome to protect one own interest and dignity in the biological interaction network.
Everyone has the right not to be discriminated solely by one's own genome type and information by birth.
It is the third most fundamental right for a biological information object, such as a human, in the universe not to be discriminated by one's own information construct type such as one's own genome in order to have an equal opportunity of survival and living in the biological interaction network.
- This is to prevent a situation where a society or a company excludes certain people for his/her genome type in a competition and employment. The third right has many issues as phenotypes often endow discrimination in societies. For example, an army can excludes certain voluteers for their physical features. It is a kind of discrimination. An employer can discriminate applicants duly because the type of work is such.
The genome type of excluded volunteers/applicants are associated with phenotypes. However, the association can never be 100% in biological world, it is not acceptable to pre-exclude volunteers by checking the genometypes only. This will be similar to discriminating people for his/her racial background (here, race implies some genetic background).
What is the human genome rights?
Every biological information object, such as a human being, is born with a set of inherited genetic information. That information was not chosen by him- or herself before one's own birth. Individuals can not opt to be born or not although one's previous genetic entities predispose such a birth (eg., parents agree biologically agree to give births). Each individual can not choose one's own composition of such genetic information at the time of birth. The human genome rights is a social agreement among us in the biological interaction network that at least each one has the right to have an access to one's own genome make-up so that one knows one's own genomic construct to understand oneself and cope with one's life with one's own decision and responsibility.
The second chapter of the human genome rights is to provide options to everyone to manage, enhance, and protect one's life.
The third chapter of the human genome rights is to provide a social contract to everyone that they are not discriminated by his or her genomic make-up in acquiring equal opportunity in societies.
How to contribute to this Human Genome Rights Declaration?
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