Lawsuit Targets Yellowstone Bug Deal

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1624
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1624

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Three nonprofit organizations have sued the National Park Service and its overseer, the Department of Interior, to stop an agreement under which a biotech firm would collect microbes from Yellowstone National Park's hot springs in exchange for giving the park service a share of profits from any products derived from the bugs. Yellowstone managers defend the agreement, arguing that it could raise needed cash for safeguarding the park's rich biodiversity.