Bioprospecting as Sophisticated Biopiracy

  title={Bioprospecting as Sophisticated Biopiracy},
  author={Vandana Shiva},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={307 - 313}
  • V. Shiva
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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