Bioprospecting in Australia: sound biopractice or biopiracy?

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This contribution investigates the search for new medicines from the vast 'library' of natural products. It touches upon the issues of indigenous knowledge; intellectual property rights; access to resources; biotechnology and copyright/patent law; and the impact of these factors on research for drug discovery and development. The notorious case of 'Smokebush' and the anti-HIV active compound conocurvone provides a vehicle to promote discussion of these issues and their possible resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Alternatives
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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