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China Sets Rules for Foreign Collaboration

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1779-1780
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1779b

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BEIJING-- China is about to issue new rules governing the export of human genetic materials that will provide a legal framework for foreign collaborations in biomedical research. The rules strengthen the rights of patients involved in international studies and establish a formula for sharing any commercial proceeds among the collaborators. Although scientists who have read the rules generally applaud them, some worry that the additional bureaucratic procedures--including the collection of fees by local authorities at the start of a project--could raise the cost and extend the duration of many projects.