Sunday, December 2, 2007

Young scientist of the year Working to establish 'Jamaica-pharma'

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Jamaicans have valued local plants for their medicinal properties for hundreds of years. However, what the country has been less successful at, despite this wealth of natural resources, is converting the plants into pharmaceutical drugs. Recently awarded the Scientific Research Council (SRC)/Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) Young Scientist of the Year, Seymour Webster is taking Jamaica closer to realising a local pharmaceutical industry. The 39-year-old College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) lecturer will apply for a United States patent to protect his process to biosynthesise diapbenzyltrisulphide (DTP) in a laboratory."

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