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August 28th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:

Researchers have long looked to the plants of our world to solve many of the medical problems we face. But new technologies are rapidly opening new opportunities for those scientists.

And while much of those efforts are taking place in the US, Europe and China, that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for work in nations like Uganda, where there is an abundance of plant species with potential medicinal value.

Health scientists in the African nation, under the ministry of health, have developed a number of drugs using various plant species and accepted biotech applications.

Evidence of this was seen during a recent agriculture show at Jinja, where pharmacists displayed a number of well-packaged drugs created from plants. Read more