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A final caveat relates to the dazzling pace of developments in the area of modern human genetics, which can best be described by the adage absolutum obsoletum: if it works, it's out of date. A striking example of how advances in technology may render quintessential legal questions obsolete is the development of sequencing techniques, the race to decipher the first complete human genome cost hundreds of millions of dollars, took more than a decade and triggered one of the most bitter debates in the history of biomedical science.

Keywords: absolutum obsoletum; biomedical science



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