In this interview, Dr, Mark J. Plotkin, ethnobotanist and president of the Amazon Conservation Team, shares his views about the search for medicines in nature. Plotkin explains why it is critical to safeguard cultural diversity in addition to biodiversity, and he discusses intellectual property rights as they relate to bioprospecting. Citing material from his book, Medicine Quest, Plotkin predicts that the next pharmaceuticals derived from nature will be painkillers, antibiotics, and drugs for cancer treatment. He expresses concern about antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genetic engineering. In conclusion, Plotkin says it is necessary to interest children in biodiversity. Supplementary links include an accompanying lesson, other teacher resources, informational sources, opportunities for conservation involvement, and a Spanish version of the interview. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse


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