News and CommentGENETIC OWNERSHIP

Brazil Wants Cut of Its Biological Bounty

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1445
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1445a

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A debate is brewing in the Brazilian Senate over legislation designed to ensure that Brazil's citizens share in any profits from crops or medicines derived from the biological wealth of the Amazon and other species-rich regions. Brazilian officials say they hope the legislation will encourage bioprospecting, but some scientists warn that it could imperil field research in Brazil.