Tuesday, December 11, 2012

AMAZING PLANTS - WIN A PRIZE!!

Remember watching "Medicine Man" and imagining what it would be like to work in the rain forest searching for plants that could cure diseases like cancer and help a lot of people?  Well I found this AMAZING possible advancement in biotechnology (the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products) where they hope a simple plant, a type of tomatillo, may be the key in fighting cancer!  Good thing I grow these at my house and make amazing salsa verde!!  Read below to learn more.



TRIVIA FOR MY SCIENCE 7 CLASS!!

Win a hypercolour pencil and a tasty treat if you can find me another example of a medicinal plant.  Tell me the name of the plant and what it cures/treats with a website that backs it up.  The most exciting, innovative, and recent finding will win!!  Dont forget to login to your google accounts to comment or leave your name.


http://www.news.ku.edu/2012/march/26/nativeplants.shtml  

Newly discovered plant-based molecules showing cancer-fighting potential

Physalis longifolia

LAWRENCE – To the casual observer, the wild tomatillo is just your everyday, run-of-the-mill weed.
But to University of Kansas scientists Barbara Timmermann, Kelly Kindscher and Mark Cohen, this common North American plant might be the key to a new line of cancer-fighting treatments based on molecules present in nature.
The three KU researchers have discovered 14 new compounds in the wild tomatillo that are showing significant anti-cancer properties in preclinical testing. The new compounds, known as withanolides, are already showing promise in combating a number of different cancers and tumors – without any noticeable side effects or toxicity.

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