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Landmark biodiversity deal signed in Japan

Simon Crompton, London

Biotech firms will have to get consent from indigenous communities to exploit genetic resources under a landmark agreement last week in Nagoya, Japan

The protocol adopted at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) also requires profits from any commercial products to be shared “fairly and equitably”.

Although there is much dispute over the meaning of the Nagoya protocol’s diplomatic language, its impact...

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