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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.
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(Biology) a person who is responsible for biopiracy
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and its refusal to extend patent protection to naturally occurring DNA fragments bodes ill for future biopirate litigants.
There is no doubt that if he were alive today, Vavilov would be considered a vile biopirate. The times have changed.
These "bioprospector" or "biopirate" companies often target farmers and indigenous people whose traditional knowledge may point to wild plants, crops and other genetic resources that can be used in agricultural and medical products.
Most prominent of such genetic manipulation is a bird that Adi steals from biopirates. Its mutated body not only displays unnatural splendor, but the parrot is given extraordinary mimicking abilities.
The authors insightfully and succinctly go through the history of pirate organizations--the 17th and 18th century buccaneers, radio DJs at sea, cyberpirates on the Web, and biopirates in the lab .