What branch of biology studies the environment to advance medicine?
February 24, 2009 11:59 PM Subscribe
What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something.
"What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements?
You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession?
Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
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