Friday, March 23, 2007

United States Selling Indigenous Peoples' DNA

International companies and US patenting and selling DNA:

..."One of the earliest offences involved the US government, which filed patents on DNA cells taken from the Hagahai tribe in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in the early 1990's. Neither the individuals, their communities nor governments were informed; the US government rejected their later objections as inconsequential. Hagahai T cells can be purchased today from American Type Culture Collection for $216."

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