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Buy yourself a species name

By Thomas Barlow   April 2000

In this morally dishevelled age, I should not have been surprised at the latest attempt to spin vanity into gold, for that is the alchemy of our time. A group of scientists have set up a shop on the internet, where they have started selling species’ names. For as little (or as much) as DM5,000, you can now select your own species and have it named in your honour.

The group responsible calls itself Biopat. Perhaps I should have cried with joy when I stumbled across their site (www.biopat.de)-there is always a need for the intrusion of commercial sense into…

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