KUER Local News
Tue August 25, 2009
Drug Discovery Program Helps Save Rainforests, Too
By Sheri Quinn
Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1990s, two University of Utah biologists started a drug discovery program in Panama to search for new pharmaceuticals in the jungle. But their main goal was to save the rapidly disappearing rain forests where they collected their plant samples. Now their team has identified a potentially novel cancer drug while helping to protect a small biologically diverse island called Coiba. Sheri Quinn reports.