Experts from Stanford University have synthesized a drug that kills cancer cells. In based on modified grade of tobacco. Previously, to obtain the active substance etoposide, they are taken out podophyllotoxin contained in Himalayan may Apple.
It turned out to be much more effective in this regard is a normal tobacco. Its extract works like podophyllotoxin, writes The Daily Mail. After examining the characteristics of plants, scientists have bred a new genetically modified variety, which contain a large concentration of the active substance.
Scientists had to add into the genome of a plant six new genes and to change the existing four genes. It is possible to obtain a variety that produces desmethyl-epipodophyllotoxin. Connection plan to test in laboratory studies. Perhaps soon the world will get a new medicine of plant origin from cancer.