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Brazil asks Interpol to Intervene in Illegal Sales of Indian DNA


Indians' Genetic Material Sold on Internet

SOURCE: Tierramerica, by Stephen Leahy & Mario Osava
DATE: 19 Nov 2004

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 19 (Tierramérica) - The Brazilian government has asked Interpol, the international police, to intervene in what it says is the illegal sale of genetic material from its indigenous peoples by a U.S. research centre.

Biopirate Arrested Collecting Spiders in Brazil


German Man Accused of Bio-piracy in Brazil

September 28 2004

Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian police arrested a German scientist suspected of illegally collecting hundreds of spiders, but the accused "bio-pirate" was released because Brazil lacks laws against such crimes, police said on Monday.

The scientist, Carsten Hermann Richard Roloff, was arrested on Saturday and released on Sunday, but police confiscated hundreds of spiders contained in plastic cups and over 500 spider eggs.



There has never been a time of more centralised power and control. The free space in which we can create, co-operate, learn and share with other people is diminishing by the day as we lose our ability to think and live outside the reach of transnational corporations. They own the water, they control the media and they dominate our food supply. At the core of this control is the whole system of intellectual property rights (IPR) -- copyrights, patents, trademarks, broadcasters' rights and so on.

2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Opposes Genetic Engineering, Biopiracy


The Linkage between Patenting Of Life Forms, Genetic Engineering, and Food Insecurity
by Wangari Mathai, Coordinator,
The Green Belt Movement, Nairobi, Kenya.

Biopiracy - Monsanto Style


Monsanto's chapati patent raises Indian ire

Randeep Ramesh in New Delhi
Saturday January 31, 2004
The Guardian

Monsanto, the world's largest genetically modified seed company,
has been awarded patents on the wheat used for making chapati -
the flat bread staple of northern India.

The patents give the US multinational exclusive ownership over
Nap Hal, a strain of wheat whose gene sequence makes it
particularly suited to producing crisp breads.

Another patent, filed in Europe, gives Monsanto rights over the

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