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Backlash Disrupts China Exchanges

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Science  17 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5337, pp. 376-377
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5337.376

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BEIJING-- Concern over exploitation of China's genetic heritage has temporarily interrupted the export of some human materials while the government writes new rules. Officials say the rules are intended to promote research collaborations and ensure that the exchange of any materials with potential commercial value is based on a fair and equitable partnership. But the immediate effect has been to bring many existing collaborations to a screeching halt, as skittish customs officials hold up shipments of biological samples while they await word from Beijing.