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Researchers Attempting to Genetically Re-Engineer Tulsi

by Kathy Jones on  January 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
Researchers at Western Kentucky University led by an Indian-origin scientist are currently attempting to genetically re-engineer tulsi, or basil plant, in order to improve its pharmaceutical value, including its ability to fight all types of cancer.
 Researchers Attempting to Genetically Re-Engineer Tulsi
Researchers Attempting to Genetically Re-Engineer Tulsi
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The researchers, led by Chandrakanth Emani who is an assistant professor of plant molecular biology, hope to boost basil's production of eugenol, a compound that has been found to stop breast cancer.

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Emani said that he hoped their project will be able to test the compound as an effective cancer treatment.

"When you grind basil leaves, a compound called eugenol comes out. If I could make it produce eugenol in higher amounts, that basil plant would serve as a storehouse of that anti-cancerous compound. Eugenol, when they put it on a plate where there are tumour cells, it stopped growth of the tumour cells. That was a proof of concept experiment which was done a long time back. We want to deal with treating cancer in a holistic way. We want to find one treatment that takes care of many cancers", Emani said.

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