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After 20 years of trying, researchers have finally convicted massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia as the culprit in...
Five federally funded optical and radio telescopes in the United States could be forced to shut down over the next 3...
A 2-year budget agreement pushes back the threat of sequestration but leaves scientists still wondering how much money...
After a decade away from physics, Robert Laughlin, a Nobel laureate at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,...
Computer scientists and others have teamed up to persuade the 117 state parties to the Convention on Certain...
The swine flu pandemic of late 2009 had a peculiar aftereffect in parts of Europe: a spike in children being diagnosed...
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Bioprospecting: Delayed ... or Dead?
30 March 1999 7:00 pm
A federal judge has ruled that the National Park Service must complete an environmental review before it can move ahead with a controversial bioprospecting contract. Government analysts say the ruling is a temporary setback for the precedent-setting deal, which allows Diversa, a San Diego biotechnology firm, to harvest plants and microbes from the park's hot springs in exchange for a $175,000 payment and royalties on any products it develops (Science, 13 March 1998, p. 1624). But one plaintiff's attorney believes the decision--handed down last week by Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.--is a death knell for any arrangement of this kind because Lamberth cast doubt on the government's claim that parks are "outdoor laboratories" available for commercial research. A coalition of nonprofits will soon be back in court seeking to ban such deals outright, promises Andrew Kimbrell of the Washington-based International Center for Technology Assessment. Unless Congress changes the law, he asserts, federal parks should remain off limits to profit-driven bioprospectors.