Genetic Engineering Turns a Common Plant Into a Cancer Fighter

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By Robert F. Service 10 September 2015 2:15 p.m. 0 Comments
Notch another victory for synthetic biology. Researchers report today that they’ve engineered a common laboratory plant to produce the starting material for a potent chemotherapy drug originally harvested from an endangered Himalayan plant. The new work could ensure an abundant supply of the anticancer drug and make it easier for chemists to tweak the compound to come up with safer and more effective versions.

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