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Professor, Biotech Butt Heads
Ignacio Chapela, an ecologist known for his controversial research on genetically modified corn, is turning a career setback into a call for action among scientists opposed to the influence of corporate interests on academic research.
Chapela, who was denied tenure last month at the University of California at Berkeley, is now accusing the institution of trying to please the biotech industry by shutting him out.

Drug companies make patent concessions
AIDS activists hailed a breakthrough agreement with two of the largest drug companies in South Africa Wednesday, saying it will help more poor people get vital medicines. They cited the Canadian government’s decision to override patent law for essential drugs for Africa as one key factor in persuading the pharmaceutical makers to loosen their hold on patents.