For example, if community members are employed by the bioprospectors
(as technicians, for example), then they may deserve special compensation for their work.
Biotechnologists have become genetic bioprospectors
, isolating genetic material and inserting it into plants and animals to generate patentable subject matter.
One could say that bioprospectors
who today disregard the CBD are unjust agents, committing unjust actions, insofar as they violate a legitimate social rule set up to prevent exploitation and injustice.
(237) The law treats foreign and domestic bioprospectors
Some players promote the exploitation of "free" resources by bioprospectors
on the grounds that organisms and ecosystems are wild and therefore part of the public domain.
The marriage of computers and biotechnology (bioinformatics) is working to the benefit of Bill Gates and avant-garde Wall Street insiders, who can offer their software reservoir to the bioprospectors
as a bank and clearinghouse of the gargantuan bits of information that are emerging out of dissecting plant and human genes.
In the past, invertebrates were taken largely at random from reefs, often in huge quantities, but bioprospectors
rarely provided an indication of the amount of organisms they were seeking, making it difficult to assess the impact associated with collection.
arc gathering and studying extracts of everything from spider venoms to soil microbes to algae.
These protests have drawn sympathetic supporters from some quarters, but have also been dismissed as aberrations or deemed irrational by bioprospectors
, with whom legitimacy automatically rests.
There, 140 nations signed the Convention on Biological Diversity putting on paper the principle of fair compensation for countries hosting bioprospectors
This centuries-old knowledge and tradition is now under serious threat; bioprospectors
are on the leviathan biotechnology and pharmacological industries, mainly from the USA, have grasped the nettle and are foraging in the farthest, darkest of the Earth.
The promise of life-saving cures from marine species is gradually becoming a commercial reality for bioprospectors
and pharmaceutical companies as anti-inflammatory and cancer drugs have been discovered and other leads are being pursued.