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Researchers Cash In on Personalized Species Names

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Science  21 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5452, pp. 421
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5452.421

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In return for a donation to biodiversity research, you can now have a previously unknown species named after you and recorded in the scientific literature for perpetuity. The scheme, dubbed BIOPAT, was registered last week as a nonprofit organization in Germany. Its founders hope it will become a valuable source of funding for the unglamorous fields of systematics and taxonomy, as well as supporting conservation in the new species' home countries.