The finale of ‘Jewels’ asks: how does a compound go from the rainforest to the pharmacy? Where Dr. Strobel’s research leaves off, the work is just beginning for pharmaceutical companies looking to create new drugs. The testing phase may take years and many millions of dollars before a new drug hits the shelves of the local pharmacy. And the odds are remarkably slim: only one in 10,000 compounds are brought to market. But for Dr. Strobel, the process is not just a one-way street. After a compound is licensed, Strobel returns to Australia to share the news of the discovery and to offer a percentage of the profits back to the aboriginal people. In this way, he preserves a mutual relationship of respect between cultures. In turn, this makes the work truly sustainable: knowledge and resources complete the cycle and return to nourish and reward the origin. This cycle guarantees that new shoots will continue to grow.
You may also like
Produced by Peggy Fleming and Sean Furmage
4.11K Views0 Comments3 Likes
The Potomac River is the source of drinking water for six million people in the Washington DC area. Safe drinking water depends on clean rivers. Each person can make a difference to protect this essential resource for...
Produced by WildFIRE PIRE
4.74K Views0 Comments3 Likes
When the Maori arrived to New Zealand in 900AD, it was one of the last places to be settled on Earth by humans. They brought many elements of their Polynesian culture to the Islands, but none transformed the landscape...
Produced by Michael Van Laanen
3.28K Views0 Comments0 Likes
In 1998, Dr. James Thomson perfected a method to grow human Embryonic Stem Cells in a laboratory environment. His discovery sparked a new debate in what historically has been a long line of moral dilemmas initiated by...
Produced by John Shier
2.90K Views0 Comments0 Likes
The final installment of "Jewels of the Jungle" sees Dr. Strobel link up with his old friend Pablo Rojas, a microbiologist from Mexico. Rojas wants to learn how Dr. Strobel identifies plants with medicinal value. But ...