Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.2, March 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 2 (March)
..News from IUPAC
..West Africa Chemical Society
..Reports from Symposia

..Awards and Prizes
..New Books
..Reports from Commissions
..Conference Announcements

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New Books and Publications


New Publication from the Pan American Health Organization

Biodiversity, Biotechnology, and Sustainable Development in Health and Agriculture: Emerging Connections

1998, 248 pages (English; also available in Spanish), ISBN 92-75-11560-5, USD 32.00 (Special offer: USD 22.00); In developing countries: USD 24.00 (Special offer: USD 17.00), Order Code SP 560. PAHO Sales and Distribution Center, P.O. Box 27, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0027, USA; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +1 301 617 7806; Fax: +1 301 206 9789; Web site: [].

This publication is a compendium of articles prepared by economists, sociologists, lawyers, biological sciences researchers, and other health professionals that explores the connections among biodiversity, biotechnology, and sustainable development in developing countries from the points of view of their different professions. The book focuses on two aspects of special interest to human health: drug discovery and improved nutrition through advances in agriculture.

The first section discusses different bioprospecting ventures - including the now famous agreement between Merck & Co. and Costa Rica's National Institute for Biodiversity (INBio) - and suggests policy options for potential host countries. Subsequent sections explore such issues as costs, scientific and resource requirements, and economic prospects of different drug development models; how biodiversity and biotechnology can team up to establish a high-yield, sustainable agriculture; the legal ramifications of intellectual property rights, fair compensation for indigenous knowledge, and different contractual arrangements; how to assess biodiversity's economic value; and domestic and international policy implications of the use and conservation of biodiversity. A final section discusses whether biodiversity - 'green gold' - will, in fact, become Latin America's and the Caribbean's new competitive advantage.

Emerging Connections is a must-read for those setting national biodiversity policies; teams working on the national strategies and action plans needed to implement the Biodiversity Conference; environmentalists; scientists and business people entertaining bioprospecting ventures; lawyers; and nongovernmental organization (NGOs) working on health, sustainable development, or environmental issues.


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