HUMBERTO MÁRQUEZ / ipsnews.net 09/02/2011 CARACAS, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) - Millions of cancer patients around the world benefit from a medication called Paclitaxel (Taxol), which may begin to be produced from a new source: fungi found at the summit of Venezuela's flat-topped mountains. But the indigenous communities who have lived in that area since time [...]
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity - United Nations Environment Programme 02/02/2011 Montreal, 2 February 2011 At a ceremony held today in New York, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization was opened for signature by Parties to the Convention on Biological [...]
Una creciente percepción de que el pueblo Chino esta inquieto con respecto a los cultivos genéticamente modificados (GM) ha llevado a una mesa de diálogo sobre los cultivos GM entre científicos y el público en general.
FLORENCE FABRICANT / New York Times 11/01/2011 Editors' Note Appended DAN PEARSON was working in northern Peru two years ago with his stepson Brian Horsely, supplying gear and food to mining companies, when something caught his eye.We were in a hidden mountain valley of the Marañón River and saw some strange trees with football-size pods growing [...]
El desarrollo de un medicamento para la obesidad a partir de un remedio tradicional utilizado por la población San de Sudáfrica ha sufrido un estancamiento debido a que una empresa farmacéutica abandono su investigación, dejando las posibilidades de un producto comercial con un futuro incierto.
Biopiracy crackdown results in $59M in fines for Brazilian companies, receives mixed reviews Morgan Erickson-Davis, mongabay.com
} The Brazilian government is stepping up anti-"biopiracy" measures and imposing substantial fines on companies which make use of rare plants or animals without giving adequate compensation to Brazil or its indigenous communities. The move attracts criticism by some who believe that it hampers scientific research. Brazil's unique species have been exploited for centuries by [...]
Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. The new position could have a huge impact on medicine and on the biotechnology industry. The new position was declared in a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Department of Justice [...]
--- www.biosafetyafrica.org.za The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry will hold hearings on October 19th and 20th on the Intellectual Property Amendment Bill, which aims to strengthen intellectual property rights relating to traditional performances, traditional work, traditional terms of expressions and traditional designs.The Bill has been widely condemned as sounding the death knell for traditional [...]
Los esfuerzos actuales para proteger la biodiversidad mundial corren el riesgo de hacer más daño que bien, advierte Krystina Swiderska, quien señaló que las funciones de las comunidades indígenas y locales en proteger los recursos genéticos del planeta, están siendo pasadas por alto o hasta ignoradas.
On the 25th and 26th January 2010, the ACB will give evidence at a hearing at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany. Briefing Papers 17/03/2010 The hearing concerns a patent challenge by the ACB on behalf of a rural community in Alice, South Africa, in collaboration with Swiss NGO the Berne Declaration.The patent [...]