This contribution investigates the search for new medicines from the vast 'library' of natural products. It touches upon the issues of indigenous knowledge; intellectual property rights; access to resources; biotechnology and copyright/patent law; and the impact of these factors on research for drug discovery and development. The notorious case of 'Smokebush' and the anti-HIV active compound conocurvone provides a vehicle to promote discussion of these issues and their possible resolution.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|