The purpose of this essay will be to explore the parameters of the scientific imperative to explore truth. The scope of this inquiry is shaped in part by the United States patent laws and administrative interpretations and, more specifically, by the United States Supreme Court in its recent holding allowing the new forms of life created in a laboratory to be patented. The ultimate purpose of this piece, then, is to refute the arrogance of power theory expressed as being implicit in the investigations of the vast potential for the positive achievement of good through harnessing the "New Biology." Thus, I intend to demonstrate that what has been dismissed as but a magnificent obsession for power, profits and immortality has in truth a far more intrinsic potential for good and reward for the scientific community and the greater world community.
George P. Smith II, The Promise of Abundant Life: Patenting a Magnificent Obsession, 8 J. CONTEMP. L. 85 (1982).