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Medicines from Plants—A Nexus of Biodiversity and Technology

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Saint Louis Zoo
Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Toni Kutchan, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, IntelliZyme; Fellow and 2011 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist, The Academy of Science – St. Louis

Plants produce an enormously rich reservoir of chemical diversity. More than 200,000 distinct chemicals have been identified from plants. We are most familiar with these chemicals as the lovely scents of flowers, the enticing aromas of herbs, the pigments used as yarn- and fabric dyes. Plant chemicals affect many aspects of our lives from food to textile to medicine. How is modern technology helping us to harvest the benefits of plant chemicals without endangering biodiversity? Biochemist Dr. Toni Kutchan talks about research in her lab to study how plants make important medicines and the use of biotechnology to develop sustainable supplies of pharmaceuticals.

“It’s fulfilling to think that your discovery may find its way to benefit humankind. It’s what we live for in science.”

— Toni Kutchan, Ph.D.

Medicines from Plants is a Science Seminar Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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