Biodiversity, drug discovery, and the future of global health: Introducing the biodiversity to biomedicine consortium, a call to action

Neergheen-Bhujun, Vidushi and Awan, Almas Taj and Baran, Yusuf and Bunnefeld, Nils and Chan, Kit and Cruz, Thomas Edison dela and Egamberdieva, Dilfuza and Elsässer, Simon and Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V. and Komai, Shoji and Konevega, Andrey L. and Malone, John H. and Mason, Paul and Nguon, Rothsophal and Piper, Ross and Shrestha, Uttam Babu and Pešić, Milica and Kagansky, Alexander (2017) Biodiversity, drug discovery, and the future of global health: Introducing the biodiversity to biomedicine consortium, a call to action. Journal of Global Health, 7 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 2047-2978

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Abstract

Looking to nature for medicine is nothing new – we have been doing it for tens of thousands of years and although modern pharmaceutical science has come a long way from those ancient roots, nature is and will always be an important source of useful compounds and inspiration. Dismissing nature in this regard is a huge mistake as evolution is the greatest problem solver and the myriad compounds produced by the immense variety of species we share the planet with have been honed by three billion years of trial and error. However, with every bit of habitat that disappears under the plough or concrete we impoverish nature and deprive ourselves of potential medicines.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open Access.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 03:53
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 00:49
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7189/jogh.07.020304
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34022

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