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Focus: who reaps the benefits of biodiversity?
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PMID:  11748021     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The search for wild plant and animal products of potential value to medicine, agriculture, and other uses has been going on for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Many commonly prescribed medicines in the United States include ingredients derived from natural products, and roughly 80% of the world's people rely on natural products for their primary medical needs. Until the past decade, all of these natural products were collected without compensating the source countries. But the rules of collecting changed in 1992 with the establishment of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which offers financial compensation for natural products and seeks to conserve biological diversity, use natural products sustainably, and fairly share products made from gene stocks. Questions remain, however, as to how to share the benefits of biodiversity equitably, as well as whether the lack of both U.S. support for the agreement and enforceability render the convention impotent.
C Karasov
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Type:  Journal Article    
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Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  109     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
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Created Date:  2001-12-18     Completed Date:  2002-02-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  A582-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Drug Industry
Genetic Engineering
Genetic Variation*
International Cooperation
Public Health

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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Environ Health Perspect
ISSN: 0091-6765
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Print publication date: Month: 12 Year: 2001
Volume: 109 Issue: 12
First Page: A582 Last Page: A587
ID: 1240518
PubMed Id: 11748021
Publisher Item Identifier: sc271_5_1835

Focus: who reaps the benefits of biodiversity?
C Karasov

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