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ERIC Number: EJ881523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Ethnobotany & the Process of Drug Discovery: A Laboratory Exercise
Shelley, Brian C. L.
American Biology Teacher, v71 n9 p541-547 Nov-Dec 2009
Biodiversity has economic value to humans and many suggest that of all groups who should be most interested in the preservation of biodiversity, it should be industries leading the way, as biodiversity has provided, and will continue to provide, many raw materials used by industries around the world. This is especially the case for the pharmaceutical industry, as extinction results in the loss of raw materials for existing and new weapons in the fight to alleviate human suffering and prevent death. In order for students to fully appreciate the value of biodiversity, especially the value of species as sources of new drugs, it is important to understand the process of drug discovery more completely. This article presents a laboratory exercise which was designed to help students understand important steps that are part of the actual drug discovery process, while at the same time, help them appreciate the value of biodiversity as a source of new and important drugs to treat a range of human diseases. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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