Trading on traditional medicines

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Developing countries could exploit traditional medicine to kick-start biotech, but only if their products measure up to the demands of Western regulators. Paroma Basu reports.

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Basu, P. Trading on traditional medicines. Nat Biotechnol 22, 263–265 (2004) doi:10.1038/nbt0304-263

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