Rain Forest Plan Blends Drug Research, Conservation

A husband and wife biologist team has proposed a plan they say will be more effective in identifying medical cures found in tropical rain forest plants and animals.

The centerpiece of the program developed by the professors at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and some 40 Panamanian scientists and students, calls for the developed world to redirect a significant portion of the U.S. $23 billion to $47 billion it spends each year on drug research and development to developing countries where rain forests grow.