Unlocking the secrets of poppies to treat cancer

Poppies to treat cancer
Scientists in our region have unlocked the secrets of poppies that could enable them to produce a new cancer drug. Photo: ITV

Scientists in our region have unlocked the secrets of poppies, that could enable them to produce a new cancer fighting drug. Biologists at the University of York have discovered genes in the flowers that produce a chemical called Noscapine, which could in the future be used to treat patients with tumours.