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.

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Poppy discovery

Green poppy capsules Credit: Carol Walker

Poppies, like these ones in Tasmania, have helped scientists in York discover how a chemical is produced that is used for anti-cancer drugs. It could mean they can mass produce the chemical in the future.

Poppies growing in Tasmania
Poppies in Tasmania Credit: Carol Walker
Tasmanian poppy fields Credit: Carol Walker

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