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bioprospecting

[‚bī·ō′prä·spek·tiŋ]
(pharmacology)
The search for new pharmaceutical (and sometimes nutritional or agricultural) products from natural sources, such as plants, microorganisms, and sometimes animals.
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For example, if community members are employed by the bioprospectors (as technicians, for example), then they may deserve special compensation for their work.
One could say that bioprospectors who today disregard the CBD are unjust agents, committing unjust actions, insofar as they violate a legitimate social rule set up to prevent exploitation and injustice.
With the advent of genomic and genetic engineering technologies, bioprospectors now have environmentally friendly and economically viable alternative screening tools.
For the first time in history, bioprospectors are expected to compensate source countries, thanks to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil.
There, 140 nations signed the Convention on Biological Diversity putting on paper the principle of fair compensation for countries hosting bioprospectors.
The promise of life-saving cures from marine species is gradually becoming a commercial reality for bioprospectors and pharmaceutical companies as anti-inflammatory and cancer drugs have been discovered and other leads are being pursued.
In reality, bioprospectors now say, traditional cures using plants and animals are often quite complex.