Jerry Kukor, Lena Struwe, Jim White and David Zaurov from Cook College and Mary Ann Lila from the University of Illinois will be among the scientists accompanying Raskin on this major biodiversity exploration designed to improve human health, protect natural resources and benefit the economies of the host countries.
Rutgers' International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) Central Asia Program is rooted in existing collaborations with scientists in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. These cooperative relationships have placed Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in a unique position in that part of the world.
"The extent of the goodwill, hospitality and friendship we encounter in these countries is truly unprecedented," said Raskin, a professor in the department of plant biology and pathology at Cook. "We feel fortunate to be a part of the rapidly developing political and economic ties between the United States, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. We are pleased that the world's geopolitical situation favors the development of strong and lasting ties with these two U.S.-friendly Muslim nations."
Rutgers' five-year undertaking is funded through NIH's ICBG program, which has three stated objectives: drug discovery, biodiversity conservation and economic development. The NIH vision contends that the discovery and development of products, such as pharmaceuti
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