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Latest update : 2014-05-19

Patenting life: Where do the limits lie?

In this edition we're asking whether "life" or living organisms can be someone's intellectual property. Modern science is pushing further and the field of biotechnology is getting more advanced. But can you patent a plant, an animal or even a strand of human DNA?

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Denise Hirsch

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2015-03-28 Americas

Race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy. And France and French academic institutions used to attract thinkers from around the world. But...

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2015-03-14 agribusiness

Knowledge is money: Business intelligence changes Burkina Faso's cotton industry

”Knowledge is power” is a well-known saying. But knowledge is also money. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, business intelligence is key for the local cotton industry.

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2015-02-14 Europe

Philosophy: Is France falling behind in the race for ideas?

There are few countries around the world where philosophers make household names. France is one of them, and it's seen to have a rich philosophical tradition. But nowadays, are...

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2015-01-31 investment

Will Chinese investment bring good fortune to France?

In France, the Socialist government is trying to balance its budget, eager to prove to Brussels and to foreign investors that it's serious about making economic reforms. Last...

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2015-01-17 defence

Deals and defence: Selling French military know-how abroad

One of France's most high-profile defence contracts in recent years has been suspended for now. The 1.2-billion-euro deal to deliver two warships to Russia is on ice due to...

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