Nature’s cures nipped in the bud

From willow bark to mosquitoes, nature has been a source of vital medications for centuries. But biodiversity loss is jeopardising chances of creating new drugs. By

Micro-algae have porous cell walls so can be used as vehicles for drug delivery into the body

Katherine Latham
Biodiversity


Traditionally used as a painkiller for headaches, snowdrops are now known to slow the onset of dementia. In the 1950s, a natural alkaloid called the bulbs. Today, a synthesised version of this is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and scientists are...

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