Bioprospecting charges take their toll on Mexican research
US scientists investigating plant species in the Chiapas region of Mexico set up plays to explain their research to local people, in an attempt to avoid the accusations of biopiracy that have dogged similar projects.
But a government review of Mexico’s bioprospecting legislation, in addition to the claims of some environmentalist groups that the plays were a smokescreen to obscure commercial interests behind the scientists’ work, have forced the researchers to retreat home.
Reference: Nature 414, 685 (2001)
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