What can man learn about medicine by keeping an eye on monkeys? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
Folks who are in to natural remedies know that more than a quarter of our drugs come from wild plants. Traditionally, researchers in search of new drugs would ask local folk healers about plants that might be helpful. However, that isn’t always the best approach. In some societies, plants are thought to have healing powers simply because they look like a disease.
Researchers are now learning to follow animals around. Monkeys have led medical researchers to several new medicines. Chimps in Tanzania, for instance, were seen swallowing the unchewed leaves of a tree. Studies of the leaves and the droppings showed that the leaves were not digested. However, the chimps’ digestive system had removed chemicals from the surface of the leaves that kill intestinal parasites.
More about monkey medicine on our next program.
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: Boyce Rensberger. Researchers: Chimps Use Herbal Medicine.