352 pages, B/w photos
Many suppliers of the genetic and biochemical resources from which this information is drawn come from economically vulnerable developing countries. The Biodiversity Convention obliges signatory states to ensure that these suppliers of genetic and biochemical resources receive "a just and equitable" share of the profits that accrue from the commercialization of these resources-but it is not clear that they do. In a groundbreaking work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business and law, Bronwyn Parry links firsthand knowledge of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to a sophisticated analysis of broader economic, regulatory, and technological transformations to reveal the complex economic and political dynamics that underpin this new global trade in bio-information.
Parry has a clear, incisive style...making Trading the Genome a forceful, considered and thought-provoking analysis of one of the most important issues of our time. -- Adrian Barnett New Scientist 3/5/05 Trading the Genome is strongly recommended as an eye-opener to the practices of the modern pharmaceutical industry. Naturalist ? This book is a welcome addition to the literature and will be a valuable resource...Well worth the read. -- Brendan Tobin Nature 6/16/05 One of Parry's major contributions is to open this rather closed world to scrutiny. -- Felix Driver Jouranl of Historical Geography vol. 31 (2005) Maintaining a dogged grip on some very important and heretofore-unasked empirical questions, Parry leads us into ground on which it is easy to feel that no critical eye has yet gazed. -- Morgan M. Robertson Progress in Human Geography 12/2005 Parry takes a highly complex field and makes it easily accessible through her clear and incisive style. -- Gerard Porter Social & Legal Studies 15(3)
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