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Students' Chemical Ecology Journal Finds Science Behind Indian Folk Medicine

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January 29, 1999
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Cornell University
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Field studies conducted in the Amazon rain forest by Cornell University undergraduate students of chemical ecology and published in the first issue of the first journal of its kind are beginning to answer some long-standing questions: Will a cup of lichen tea four times a day cure urinary tract infection or even gonorrhea? Can a bird's choice of nest-building materials boost its immune system? Why do some Indians prefer the honey of stingless bees over honey from killer bees?

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Field studies conducted in the Amazon rain forest by Cornell University undergraduate students of chemical ecology and published in the first issue of the first journal of its kind are beginning to answer some long-standing questions: Will a cup of lichen tea four times a day cure urinary tract infection or even gonorrhea? Can a bird's choice of nest-building materials boost its immune system? Why do some Indians prefer the honey of stingless bees over honey from killer bees?


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