Cancer drug aid

Professor Ian Graham is leading the team at York University which has discovered the key to mass-producing a chemical called Noscapine. It's extracted from poppies, and is currently being tested as a potential anti-cancer drug.

Researchers discovered a bundle of five genes which tell the poppy plant how to produce the chemical.

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Cancer drug development

Boffins at York University have found that the opium poppy could help cancer patients. A chemical made from the plant is being tested as an anti-cancer drug in clinical teste.