1. Intellectual property in the global economy : high stakes and propaganda warfare 2. Intellectual property and regulation theory 3. The emergence of modern patent law 4. Organic chemistry and the synthetic dyestuff industry 5. The pharmaceutical industry 6. Biotechnology, genomics and the new life science corporations 7. Plant breeding, the seed industry and plant breeders' rights 8. Towards a global IP regime : trade and diplomacy 9. Forums of resistance? 10. Epilogue : the life science industries in a patent-free world.