August 2020 - A policy paper by several group members on “Towards policies that capture the expected value of biomolecular diversity for drug discovery, human health, and well‑being
” has been published in Biologia Futura
in August 2020 (open access). In the paper, the authors argue that there exists an urgent need to over-come economic, disciplinary, national, cultural, and regional barriers, in order to work out innovative measures to create a sustainable future and prevent the mutual extinction of humans and other species. The paper aims to help policy-makers with a characterization of the intrinsic value of biodiversity and its role as a critical foundation for sustainable development, human health, and well-being.
July 2020 - Several group members contributed to a publication on "Biodiversity and Biomedicine: Our Future
" (published by Elsevier; behind a paywall). GYA alumni and former group co-leads Dilfuza Egamberdieva
(National University of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan) and Milica Pesic
(University of Belgrade, Serbia) co-edited the book with Munir Ozturk from Turkey. The book examines the diverse connections between conserving Earth's biodiversity and human healthcare, and provides a new outlook on Earth’s animal, plant, and fungi species as vital sources for human health treatments. While there are over 10 million various species on the planet, only 2 million have been discovered and named. This book identifies modern ways to incorporate Earth’s species into biomedical practices and emphasizes the need for biodiversity conservation.
April 2019 -Group members have published a paper on medicinal plant extracts
in Acta Naurae.
October 2018 - Group members have published a paper on "Sharing digitized DNA sequences must balance scientific progress with fair use
Summer 2018 -The group have published a promotional video
of their work, filmed by Nerina Finetto/ Traces.Dreams
January 2018 - The group's first position statement on the 'Conservation of Biodiversity: Protecting Molecular Diversity and Biomedical Discoveries
' has been released.
December 2017 - Several members from the Biodiversity group have been involved in the publication of an article titled “Bio2Bio Consortium: Biodiversity, Drug Discovery, and the Future of Global Health – introducing the Biodiversity to Biomedicine Consortium, a Call to Action
” in the Journal of Global Health.