ICMR planning to acquire patents of traditional healing techniques for Andaman tribals
The Times of India, 16 July 2011

PORT BLAIR, INDIA: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is preparing a community biodiversity register for the tribals of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that will document their traditional healing practices, use of medicinal plants, healing record, mode of preparation of plants’ parts and number of patients treated. Scientists have traveled to 11 of the 15 villages of the Car Nicobar Island, inhabited by the ancient Nicobarese tribe, documenting the use of 124 medicinal plants that are being prescribed to cure 34 different diseases. They have also interviewed 42 Traditional Knowledge Persons/folk healers for the project. According to the Indian Patent Act, no traditional knowledge can be patented by anybody, but the exclusive knowledge of the tribal/folk healers must be ascribed to them and registered in their name so that nobody can misuse that knowledge for commercial purposes without their prior permission and sharing benefits with them. Read the article …