Visions for new medicine
New cancer treatments could be produced from a weed known as the ‘death carrot’. But these highly poisonous plants are hard to grow. A team of scientists is trying to insert genes from the plant into moss, which can be grown in closed containers. The hope is to extract large amounts of the active biological component from the moss, so that it can be used in cancer treatments. Cost effective drugs for malaria are already made in this way. Read more about the new medicines here.