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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

Head of Intellectual Property, INSERM Transfert

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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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2015-01-03 France

French Development Agency: A way to boost French business abroad?

One of the oddities of France is the way it manages its development aid. The system is somewhat fragmented, but at its heart is the French Development Agency, AFD. Some 30% of...

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2014-12-20 gastronomy

Gastrodiplomacy: is French food losing its flair?

South Korea has done it, so has Peru and Indonesia. These countries have engaged in something known as gastrodiplomacy.

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2014-12-06 Africa

How can African countries cash in on their mineral wealth?

Enormous pockets of oil, gas and minerals are believed to lie hidden deep beneath the African continent's surface. But these riches have so far brought relatively little benefit...

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2014-07-19 technology

Is Google too powerful?

In this edition of Beyond Business we take a closer look at Google, and at concerns the American search engine has grown too powerful. Since it was founded in 1998 Google has...

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