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Maintaining open access to Digital Sequence Information (2021)

Ad hoc statement

Published by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

(2021, 27 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8047-4220-8)

Genetic information can be rapidly decoded using high-throughput methods and made available in openly accessible Digital Sequence Information (DSI) databases. This genetic information is used for comparative analyses and is indispensable for life science research. Examples include the research on biodiversity and antibiotics. In the course of implementing the Nagoya Protocol, there is currently a discussion about equitable international sharing of economic benefits arising from such data use. Access restrictions or payment of fees are being discussed. In its ad hoc statement “Maintaining Open Access to Digital Sequence Information – Multilateral Benefit Sharing and Open Science” the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina points out that restrictions would have a seriously detrimental effect on research as well as biodiversity conservation.


Elmar König

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