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Monsanto Donates Its Share of Golden Rice

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 843-845
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.843

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Monsanto Co. has agreed to provide royalty-free licenses to speed up work on a genetically modified rice that could alleviate vitamin A deficiency around the world. Researchers welcomed last week's announcement, but warn that a thicket of intellectual property claims surrounds the technology and that significant legal hurdles remain before the rice can become widely available to farmers in developing countries.