Books et al.Intellectual Property

Profits, prejudice, and plant patents

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Science  31 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6477, pp. 517
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba0297

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In 2016, the conviction of a Florida physicist on charges of conspiring to steal trade secrets confirmed that seed theft had also become, at least to those who influence U.S. federal policies and procedures, a national security threat. The scientist, Mo Hailong (also known as Robert Mo), pled guilty to having assisted a Chinese company acquire corn seed lines owned by the transnational seed behemoths Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. The journalist and former Science correspondent Mara Hvistendahl explores the history of Mo's strange and, ultimately, sad career as an industrial operative in her third book, The Scientist and the Spy.

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