Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sabah's flora and fauna a treasure trove

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s natural resources are a treasure trove waiting for scientists to discover new treatments for major diseases.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said although numerous studies had been carried out, the research had not been exhaustive.

He said tuberculosis and malaria had re-emerged and required stronger vaccines while newer infections such as avian flu had become global diseases.

"Sabah has a remarkable range of flora and fauna which offer potential for scientific research. Such research may lead to the discovery of new drugs and other properties for commercial production of herbal products, medicine and related biological commodities," he said when opening the first Malaysian Scandinavian International Conference on Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Sutera Harbour Resort on Thursday night.

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