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Related to bioprospecting: Biopiracy and bioprospecting
The attempt to discover in living organisms biochemicals or genetic sequences that have medical, agricultural, or industrial value.
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bioprospectingThe analysis of plants, animals, insects and other organisms in an ecosystem with high biodiversity for therapeutic candidate molecules and substances.
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bioprospectingsearching for economically valuable biochemical and genetic resources from ANIMALS, PLANTS and MICROORGANISMS in nature. Examples of products obtained include biochemicals with pharmaceutical activities, such as taxol with ANTI-TUMOUR activity; and enzymes, such as Taq POLYMERASE, from the THERMOPHILIC BACTERIUM Thermus aquaticus, used in the POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION.
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