Poppies make more than opium

Scientists studying opium poppies say that they have pinpointed the genes responsible for producing a compound which can be used as a cough suppressant and cancer-fighting agent. According to Reuters reporter Ben Hirschler, researchers at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) located a cluster of 10 genes which they claim are responsible for the creation of noscapine within the poppies. Noscapine has been used for many years to fight coughs, and recent studies have shown that it is also a "potent anti-cancer agent" that can "kill tumor cells," he added. They were able to discover those 10 genes by cross-breeding noscapine-producing poppy plants with non-producing poppies, Time.com Health Writer Maia Szalavitz explained in a June 1 article. Their findings, which were published Thursday in the journal Science, could make it easier to produce the substance synthetically. "The fact that the genes are grouped in a cluster means that plant breeding becomes faster and easier," Tim Bowser, a co-author

Poppies make more than opium

Gene cluster controls production of a valuable compound

Thu 31 May 12 from ScienceNews

Genetic discovery unlocks biosynthesis of medicinal compound in poppy

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have discovered a complex gene cluster responsible for the synthesis of the medicinal compound noscapine.

Thu 31 May 12 from Phys.org

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Scientists unlock gene secrets of opium poppy drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have unravelled exactly how opium poppies produce a non-addictive compound that can both suppress coughs and kill tumor cells, paving the way for improved production ...

Thu 31 May 12 from Reuters

Genes Responsible For Cancer-Fighting Substance In Opium Poppies Discovered

Scientists studying opium poppies say that they have pinpointed the genes responsible for producing a compound which can be used as a cough suppressant and cancer-fighting agent. According ...

Sat 2 Jun 12 from RedOrbit

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