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CITES Puts Off Plan to Hasten Shipments

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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 592
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.592

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NAIROBI, KENYA-- In a setback for scientists, an international trade body has shelved a proposal to simplify research on endangered species. The proposal would have waived an often-cumbersome permitting process for handling samples of everything from hair and DNA to cell lines derived from endangered species. But unexpected opposition from the United States and several developing countries at a meeting here last week torpedoed the proposal until at least 2002.