Thursday, 23 May 2013

New Anticancer Drugs Being Developed Using Aspergillus

As the need for anticancer drugs is never ending we must continue to innovate.

Many anticancer drugs have been isolated from natural sources

Researchers spend a lot of time finding and testing many thousands of potential sources in the hope of finding more active chemicals. This was slow work so nowadays we are using computers (metagenomics) and our knowledge of chemical structures to speed up the process, testing tens of millions of new drugs at a time.

The group of researchers who wrote this paper went out and found a new isolate of Aspergillus taichungensis (a species originally found in Taiwan) and then found new ways to generate several candidates for a new antibiotic by manipulating its chemistry using light induction.

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