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Treaty Draft Raises Scientific Hackles

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Science  25 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5287, pp. 494
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5287.494


A move to strengthen the rights of companies to restrict access to databases they compile has touched a raw nerve among science officials in Washington. This month the presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine warned that a proposal to be discussed at upcoming international trade talks in Geneva could make it harder and more expensive for scientists to gain access to data.