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New anti-cancer compound derived from ancient plantTags: bioagriculture, cancer, collaboration, university of arizona
[Source: UA News] - University of Arizona scientists have used a new quick-growing technique to produce a water-soluble form of a plant compound that combats cancer and encourages the survival of healthy cells.
Research trials are under way on this sulfate form of withaferin A, which could develop into a new anti-cancer drug.
Scientifically studied since the 1960s, withaferin A reduces tumor mass by preventing the growth of blood vessels that make a tumor malignant. The compound is derived from the roots of a winter cherry plant, the extracts of which have been used for more than 3,000 years in India as a general tonic to build stamina, improve mental concentration, relieve stress and enhance health.
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