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bioprospecting

[‚bī·ō′prä·spek·tiŋ]
(pharmacology)
The search for new pharmaceutical (and sometimes nutritional or agricultural) products from natural sources, such as plants, microorganisms, and sometimes animals.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Bioprospecting in such environments generally requires outside bioprospectors and sponsors from the developed world.
Patenting life forms, however, is a relatively new phenomenon that is controversial because it appears to serve bioprospector and corporate interests at the expense of the original innovators and those that developed the knowledge.
In particular, bioprospectors search globally for useful biological resources because they are "the raw materials that fuel the modern biotechnology industry." Id.
Some botanists and bioprospectors might have given money to local farmers for local plants in recognition of private property boundaries, but once the plant was obtained, its DNA was considered available for private use.
Such a discriminatory policy might violate Article 15(2) of the CBD, which requires nations housing GR to facilitate GR access for foreign bioprospectors. (162)
Largely ignored by modern bioprospectors, biotechnology firms, and pharmaceutical research teams alike, the ocean is now becoming the new treasure chest for drug discovery.
To this end, he is also working to ensure that future bioprospectors will emerge from existing classes of science students.
Our habitat is a temptation for real estate speculators and bioprospectors."
Under the developing doctrine of "sovereign enclosure" in international law, some governments moved to lock up those raw genetic resources, adopting restrictions that require bioprospectors to agree to share future profits, even before they know what kinds of discoveries they might make.