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Materia Medica, Pharmacology & Bio-Prospecting

Student Projects

Materia Medica, Pharmacology & Bioprospecting” is a Scalar book project developed in a collaborative effort by the students in the Special Course in Society and Genetics 180-2: "Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Bioprospecting," in Spring Quarter 2021. This work comprises three student projects: one on bioprospecting Rumphius’ The Ambonese Herbal, another on the studies of Plantago in the European contexts, and the third on Artemisinin and “qing hao” in traditional Chinese medical culture. In exploring the connection between historical records on herbs and bioprospecting, these projects researched on the plants of which medicinal properties and effectiveness derived from multiple primary source materials and botanical collections. Conversely, they investigated how these historical records could inform future bioprospecting. We would like to thank the support of the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA, and the invaluable assistance from Russell Johnson, providing a wellspring of research resources and guidance, as well as from Christopher Gilman, who is the mastermind for the creation of this Scalar Book.

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