EU RESEARCHERS STUDY SOURCING MEDICINES FROM PLANT CELLS

BY KEITH NUTHALL

A EUROPEAN Union (EU) research project is spending Euro 6 million on studying ways of synthesising medicines from plant cell extracts rather than live plants. Scientists in the SmartCell project are developing tools to manufacture cell collections able to produce pharmaceutically active substances on a large scale. This kind of operation has proved difficult in the past, but its value is appreciated, because, noted a European Commission report: "Many plants produce these high-value compounds are difficult to cultivate or are ...


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