Univ. of California-Berkeley, Samoa Make Deal to Share Profits if Cloned Gene From Samoan Tree Works as AIDS Drug
October 4, 2004
The University of California-Berkeley and the Samoan government on Thursday announced an "unusual agreement" to share any profits the university might derive from a potential HIV/AIDS drug it is developing from the bark of a Samoan tree, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The researchers are developing an antiviral compound by cloning a gene extracted from the bark of the mamala tree, which has antiviral properties that are "well known" to Samoan traditional healers, according to the Chronicle. The deal provides Samoa 50% of any royalties the university derives from the genetic sequence of prostratin, the drug extracted from the bark, and supports Samoa's claim of national sovereignty over the sequence (St. John, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/1). Samoa's share of the profits would go to the government, villages and families of healers who first introduced the plant's medicinal properties, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports. UC-Berkeley and Samoa also will negotiate distributing the drug to developing nations at a reduced cost (AP/San Jose Mercury News, 9/30). Clinical trials of the drug are expected to begin soon in West Hollywood, Calif., through the AIDS Research Alliance of America, according to the Chronicle.
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