Drug discovery from your soil
|Presented By||University of Oklahoma|
|Goal||Natural Product Drug Discovery from soil fungi|
|Task||Send us soil from your backyard|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
Creating a new medicine is a team effort involving scientist and medical professionals from a wide variety of fields. In 2010, researchers with the University of Oklahoma’s Natural Products Discovery Group redefined the notion of what “team” meant when they launched their popular Citizen Science Soil Collection Program. Through this program, volunteers from across the United States have helped by donating soil samples from their own backyards, which OU investigators are using to obtain fungi that make special compounds known as natural products. Natural products are the source of many lifesaving drugs that are used today by doctors around the world.
|How to Join||
Joining the research process is amazingly simple: send us your dirt! Visit our website (http://npdgcitizenscience.org) and fill out the online form to request a free soil sample collection kit.
Bonus a free coloring book for our young (6 and under) participants.
Free soil sample collection kit provided by the project organizer. Participants must own or have permission to collect a sample from the land.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||At home|
|Tags||cancer, dirt, drug, drug development, drug discovery, girl scouts, infection, natural products, soil|
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nikkimonique21 12/15/2016Fun! & more Fun!
Debra (sunny) Turner 12/15/20161.Have students understand that fungus grows in some soils. Through analysis of these fungi special compounds known as natural products made specifically for cures to diseases are used today by doctors around the world.2. Positive and negative effects of different species of fungus3. What is growing in the students own backyard
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