Wednesday, November 28, 2007

US, Indonesia spar over virus samples

Apparently sharing isn't caring...

Remember the "tree-man"? Well, the Indonesian health minister has criticized an American scientist for taking tissue samples from the man & exporting them out of the Southeast Asian country. The minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that foreign drug companies could use the samples, taken from the man named Dede, to develop profitable pharmaceuticals without remuneration for Indonesia.

But Anthony Gaspari, the University of Maryland dermatologist who took blood and tissue samples from Dede, said his intentions were purely medical and not commercial

Dede, 35, suffers from a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that has covered his body with abnormally aggressive growths.

Also, this same minister has also had issues with people exporting H151 out of the country.


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