Cancer drug potential

Scientists in our region have found a chemical in opium poppies which is currently being considered as a potential anti-cancer drug.

Biologists at the University of York have discovered the genes that produce a chemical called Noscapine, which in the future could be used to treat patients with tumours.


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.