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Chinese Province Crafts Pioneering Law to Thwart Biopiracy

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Science  09 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5877, pp. 732-733
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5877.732

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Officials in southern China's Guizhou Province are hoping to head off future attempts at "biopiracy"--the plunder of natural resources--by enshrining the protection of indigenous knowledge into law.