Blacksburg, Va., -- Almost five years ago, a consortium of chemists, conservationists, and botanists began to work in Suriname to discover new drugs to treat human ills and to give the country reasons to preserve the diversity of its forests -- combining the ancient knowledge of shamans with modern chemical screening techniques and biotechnology. So far, the researchers have identified one novel compound with anticancer activity that has made it through several stages of tests at Bristol-Myers Squibb, identified another novel active compound with a structure that can be enhanced as an as analog, begun to develop new assays for the plants shamans use, identified a new species of plant, and saved some of the tropical forest from wood harvesting.
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