Anti-cancer compound for brain cancer found in daffodils

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Published: 2 May 2019
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Dr Lorenzo Caggiano - University of Bath, Bath, UK

Dr Lorenzo Caggiano speaks to ecancer at the 2019 Cancer Research At Bath conference about a potential molecule in daffodil bulbs that could help treat brain cancers.

He initially explains the history of this compound, found naturally in daffodils which suppresses the growth of nearby plants.

Dr Caggiano explains some of the challenges previously involved in brain cancer, and in particular the issue of drugs needed to cross the blood brain barrier.

However, this compound is extremely difficult to isolate from the natural source, some research is looking to achieve this whereas Dr Caggiano is aiming to create it from scratch.