Patents, Indigenous Peoples, and Human Genetic Diversity

Preservation Versus Conservation; Intellectual Property Rights

RAFI warns that the Human Genome Diversity Project's outrageous proposal to collect human DNA from 722 communities around the world has serious implications for indigenous peoples. Will profits be made from the genes of poor people whose physical survival is in question? Who will have access and what benefits will accrue to indigenous communities?

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