more ex­pen­sive than gold.’

Canadian Geographic - - WILDLIFE -

Matthias Bieren­stiel, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of chem­istry at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity ex­plains the value of birch­bark oil to the CBC. Bieren­stiel and his col­league Tuma Young, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of In­dige­nous stud­ies who is Mi’kmaq, were re­cently awarded $150,000 by the Cana­dian In­sti­tutes of Health Re­search to study how the oil can be used to treat skin con­di­tions such as pso­ri­a­sis. Part of their re­search in­volves find­ing more ef­fi­cient ways to pro­duce the oil, which In­dige­nous groups have long val­ued for its anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

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