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Conquering Cancer with Drugs from Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

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Description FASEB Breakthroughs in Bioscience article. Many of our most potent anti-cancer therapies were discovered in or inspired by organisms that inhabit the seas, forests, and other habitats. It was not until the 1940s and after seeing the successful treatment of infectious diseases that scientists began to examine the potential of natural products to treat cancers. With new approaches to identifying anticancer compounds and new technologies for investigating the interaction of drug molecules with cancer cells, researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies are bringing new Drugs to the medicine cabinets of patients in need.
Type of Resource Journal Article/Issue
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Cathryn Delude, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Development Date May 1, 2013
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
General Public
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Journal Board
Review Date Reviewed at time of publication
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I have used this resource in my cancer biology upper level course for undergraduate and graduate students. This resource is relatively new [2013] and talks about many important breakthroughs in using plant products for the isolation and further development of chemotherapies in cancer. Although some of the information, such as clinical studies we had already covered in class, it also served as a great review of this information.  I think it is always important to po int out to students the importance of natural products in the fight against disease.

Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Roosevelt University


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