Fight Erupts Over Rights to Profits From Holdings

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Science  07 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5378, pp. 773-774
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5378.773

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Russia's premier zoological institute is battling its parent body over control of an important source of research funds--revenue from traveling shows and products that showcase its vast holdings. The fight pits the Zoological Institute (ZIN) in St. Petersburg and like-minded institutes against a new agency of the Russian Academy of Sciences called the International Academic Agency Nauka. The outcome could affect not only ZIN's 15,000,000 holdings, including a prized mummified baby mammoth named Dima that was unearthed in 1977, but also the operations of dozens of other state-owned institutions struggling to adapt to the free market.