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Drugs from Nature

Throughout the ages and across continents, people have turned to natural sources of medicine. Many of today’s most effective drugs to conquer pain, infection, and cancer came from or were inspired by compounds found in nature. As scientists understand more about how the natural world works, they can develop news treatments, technologies, and cures.

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FASEB Releases New Breakthroughs in Bioscience Article Titled Conquering Cancer With Drugs From Nature's Medicine Cabinet

Posted on: April 23, 2013

 

Conquering Cancer with Drugs from Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Despite a four-decade “war on cancer,” this year, 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with a form of this broad group of diseases, and a half million will die as a result. Beginning in the late 1930’s - early 1940’s, researchers were inspired by the success in treating infectious diseases with chemicals isolated from microorganisms and other natural products, such as penicillin from a fungus. Could chemicals battle cancer too?  Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:


FASEB Releases New Breakthroughs in Bioscience Article Titled "Conquering Pain and Infection With Drugs From Nature's Medicine Cabinet"

Posted on: July 12, 2012

 

Conquering Pain and Infection with Drugs from Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Seventy percent of our drugs for pain and infection are either derived from or inspired by natural products of rainforests and other ecosystems. These medicinal compounds have dramatically improved quality of life and significantly extended the human lifespan. Through decades of basic research to identify new drugs and unravel the underlying mechanisms of action, researchers are developing newer, more powerful therapies.  Download the PDF or listen to the podcast below:


Clot Busters! - Discovery of Thrombolytic Therapy for Heart & Stroke

Posted on: January 15, 2004

 

Clot Busters! - Discovery of Thrombolytic Therapy for Heart & Stroke - The venom from a Malaysian pit viper contains an anticoagulant drug which is being studied for use in treating stroke patients. This drug improves blood flow by reducing the amount of fibrinogen (clotting protein) in the blood plasma. The saliva from vampire bats serves as the basis for a new candidate for a thrombolytic therapeutic.  Read more...


From Viper’s Venom to Drug Design: Treating Hypertension

Posted on: January 15, 2003

 

From Viper’s Venom to Drug Design: Treating Hypertension - In the development of drugs to treat high blood pressure, dogs and rabbits helped scientists understand how the body controls blood pressure. In addition, ACE inhibitors (an anti-hypertensive) were designed based on experiments with snake venom.  Read more...