Takeaways:

  • Basic research and understanding of plant biology has had a key impact on cancer treatment.
  • Extracts from rose periwrinkles has helped develop drugs to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma and several other cancers.
  • If we can show how we can source new medicines from nature by unlocking the useful properties of plants, then we help treat disease, but we also demonstrate the value of biodiversity and provide an incentive for people to protect it” said Melanie-Jayne Howes, a researcher based at Kew Gardens in London.

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