医学告急

波士顿——

生物多样性是生态系统——不管是森林,还是流水、珊瑚礁、土壤以至大气——的基石。没有它,地球上的生命就无法持续。生物多样性的快速消失将对社会造成多种伤害。其中有一种伤害经常被忽视,那就是对医学形成的冲击。

几千年来,行医者都从自然中获得治疗药物:阿司匹林来自柳树,最近的抗癌新药紫杉醇TM则来自太平洋紫杉皮。类似的医学突破还将层出不穷。但只有在大自然依旧丰饶的基础上,当代和未来研究者才能做出造福患者的新发现。

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