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

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Neergheen-Bhujun, Vidushi, Awan, Almas Taj, Baran, Yusuf, Bunnefeld, Nils, Chan, Kit, Cruz, Thomas Edison dela, Egamberdieva, Dilfuza, Elsässer, Simon, Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V., Komai, Shoji, Konevega, Andrey L., Malone, John H., Mason, Paul, Nguon, Rothsophal, Piper, Ross, Shrestha, Uttam Babu, 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. https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.07.020304
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Biodiversity, drug discovery, and the future of global health: Introducing the biodiversity to biomedicine consortium, a call to action

ERA Journal ID211540
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNeergheen-Bhujun, Vidushi (Author), Awan, Almas Taj (Author), Baran, Yusuf (Author), Bunnefeld, Nils (Author), Chan, Kit (Author), Cruz, Thomas Edison dela (Author), Egamberdieva, Dilfuza (Author), Elsässer, Simon (Author), Johnson, Mari-Vaughn V. (Author), Komai, Shoji (Author), Konevega, Andrey L. (Author), Malone, John H. (Author), Mason, Paul (Author), Nguon, Rothsophal (Author), Piper, Ross (Author), Shrestha, Uttam Babu (Author), Pešić, Milica (Author) and Kagansky, Alexander (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Global Health
Journal Citation7 (2), pp. 1-5
Number of Pages5
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN2047-2978
2047-2986
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.07.020304
Web Address (URL)http://jogh.org/documents/issue201702/jogh-07-020304.pdf
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.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020419999. Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Mauritius, Mauritius
Federal University of Săo Carlos, Brazil
Abdullah Gul University, Turkiye
University of Stirling, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
National University of Uzbekistan
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Department of Agriculture, United States
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russia
University of Connecticut, United States
Monash University
Pańńāsāstra University, Cambodia
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
University of Belgrade, Serbia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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