Last night I read M. Luke McDonnell's The Perfect Specimen. This kindle short, by an old friend, takes some modern day ethical challenges and plays them out in the near future.
A cancer researcher is given a grant on a far away world. As the colony is a corporate settlement, ethical concerns about testing are far less important than intellectual property rights and making cash. Immature and taken advantage of, every choice our protagonist makes seems to be the wrong one. Things work out in the end.
McDonnell offers an interesting take on how intellectual property rights may play out if we stay on our current path.
The Perfect Specimen by M. Luke McDonnell
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