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Production of medicinal anthraquinones from plants advanced by gene discovery [Full subscriber]

Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Until now, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery. An international team of researchers led by Sue Rhee at Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered a gene responsible for anthraquinone synthesis in plants. Their findings could help scientists cultivate a plant-based mechanism for harvesting these useful compounds in bulk quantities.…

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