Functional genomics and metabolomics advance the ethnobotany of the Samoan traditional medicine “matalafi”

  title={Functional genomics and metabolomics advance the ethnobotany of the Samoan traditional medicine “matalafi”},
  author={Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni and Victoria Helen Woolner and Su'emalo Talie Foliga and Katharina Robichon and Vimal Patel and Sarah K. Andreassend and Jeffrey P. Sheridan and Tama Te Kawa and David Gresham and Darach Miller and Daniel J. Sinclair and Anne Camille La Flamme and Alexey V. Melnik and Allegra T. Aron and Pieter C. Dorrestein and Paul H. Atkinson and Robert A. Keyzers and Andrew B. Munkacsi},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
Significance Medicinal plants with extensive ethnobotanical histories, particularly those from Asia, have contributed to the approval of natural compounds as pharmaceutical drugs. In contrast, Samoan traditional medicine is relatively understudied. Working with traditional healers via an ethical, data sovereignty–driven collaboration led by indigenous Samoan researchers, we elucidate the chemical biology of the poorly understood but often-used Samoan traditional medicine “matalafi,” the… 

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