biopiracy(redirected from Biopiracy and bioprospecting)
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The commercial development of biological compounds or genetic sequences by a technologically advanced country or organization without obtaining consent from or providing fair compensation to the peoples or nations in whose territory the materials were discovered.
bi′o·pi′rate (bī′ō-pī′rĭt) n.
(2) The unauthorised commandeering by wealthy nations or companies of biologically ‘interesting’ molecules—e.g., extremozymes, conotoxins, and others—from cash-poor, biodiversity-rich regions—e.g., Brazil—usually those lacking the financial resources to develop products or the legal resources to stop gene theft