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Local drug discovery industry could conserve Rainforests

Date : 11th October 2003, Source : ENS

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 10, 2003 (ENS) - The Earth's dwindling tropical rainforests might be better protected if the pharmaceutical industry establishes laboratories in rainforest countries and hires local researchers to seek new medicines there, as demonstrated by a pilot project developed by a husband and wife team of biology professors at the University of Utah working with colleagues in Panama. The project yielded chemicals that are active against the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a deadly disease caused by parasites transmitted by sand fly bites.

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