INDIA's vast genetic resources will now
have a protective cover with the setting
up of the National Research Centre for
Finger Printing of Animal and Plant
Species in New Delhi. The centre, under
the aegis of the Indian Council of
Agricultural Research (ICAR), will be
involved mainly in cataloguing the
native animal and plant species by fingerprinting them genetically.
The fingerprints will be obtained with the help of genetic technology and will safeguard India's treasure- house of species under the new General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. According to K L Chadha, the deputy clirector-gener@l (horticulture) of the ICAR, if a doubt about the ownership of any particular species arises, it will be decided in the courts and fingerprints will then come in handy to establish its rightful ownership.
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