Phylogenies reveal predictive power of traditional medicine in bioprospecting.

  title={Phylogenies reveal predictive power of traditional medicine in bioprospecting.},
  author={C Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis and Vincent Savolainen and Elizabeth M. Williamson and F{\'e}lix Forest and Steven J. Wagstaff and Sushim R. Baral and Mark F. Watson and Colin A. Pendry and Julie A Hawkins},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 39},
There is controversy about whether traditional medicine can guide drug discovery, and investment in bioprospecting informed by ethnobotanical data has fluctuated. One view is that traditionally used medicinal plants are not necessarily efficacious and there are no robust methods for distinguishing those which are most likely to be bioactive when selecting species for further testing. Here, we reconstruct a genus-level molecular phylogenetic tree representing the 20,000 species found in the… CONTINUE READING
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