In the news: hunting anti-cancer drugs in China - and Norfolk
Since last year's Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a Chinese researcher working on the anti-malarial drug artemesinin, sourced from artemesia plants, there's been a surge of interest in studying traditional Chinese medicine.
Now a Norwich-based team has discovered how a plant used in traditional Chinese remedies makes its valuable anti-cancer compounds. Plants are astonishingly good at synthesising complex molecules, and the biochemical pathway in Huang Qin (Scutellaria baicalensis) is an excellent example of this. The Norwich team hope to be able to use this breakthrough to produce the compounds of interest in large quantities