Bioscience

UA work looks at leafy plant’s healing potential

July 5, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Arizona Daily Star] – Drug-discovery research points to a leafy plant growing in a south-side greenhouse as a possible treatment for tumors and other medical conditions.

A compound from withania plants – grown to big bushes in an old University of Arizona greenhouse – is showing promise for treating cancer, eye disorders and neurological diseases.

Growing a better withania plant is the work of professor Leslie Gunatilaka and his team at the UA’s Natural Products Center.

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