Team culturing cancer APIs says tech can make other plant derived drugs

13th April 2014

Enzyme experts trying to make vincristine and vinblastine with engineered cell lines say the technology could be used to produce a wide range of plant-derived drug actives including alkaloids like morphine.

The main was made by scientist at VTT technical research centre in Finland Who are trying to replicate the chemical path way throughwhich vincristine and vinblastine are synthesised in the madagascan piriwinkle ( catharanthus roseus) plant.

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