Tropical plants could be used to fight cancer

The extracts, blends of chemicals and other ingredients found inside several plants from tropical regions, could form the base ingredients of new medicines to combat the disease, experts said.

Prof Ian Cree of the University of Portsmouth, who led the research, said: "This is a first – no one has managed to use cells obtained directly from cancers to screen an entire library of plant extracts and we are very excited by the results obtained. The key now will be to obtain further funding to produce drugs from those samples showing that they can kill cancer cells. It should be stressed that drug development is a very lengthy process and that these results, though exciting, are a long way from being used in patients."

Prof Cree is now working with University of Strathclyde researchers to develop a programme aimed at identifying other plant extracts with cancer-fighting properties.

Source - Telegraph

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