Discovery Of Anti-Cancer Chemistry Makes Skullcap Fit For Modern Medicine

The evolutionary secrets that enable the medicinal herb known as barbed skullcap to produce cancer-fighting compounds have been unlocked by a collaboration of UK and Chinese researchers.

The CEPAMS collaboration used DNA sequencing technology to assemble the genomic sequence of skullcap (Scutellaria barbata) known in China as banzhilian.

This gave researchers the genetic information – a microevolutionary history – required to identify how the plant produces the compound scutebarbatine A, which acts against a range of cancer cells.

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