Natural products and drug discovery. Can thousands of years of ancient medical knowledge lead us to new and powerful drug combinations in the fight against cancer and dementia?

@article{Ji2009NaturalPA,
  title={Natural products and drug discovery. Can thousands of years of ancient medical knowledge lead us to new and powerful drug combinations in the fight against cancer and dementia?},
  author={Hong-fang Ji and Xue-juan Li and Hong-Yu Zhang},
  journal={EMBO reports},
  year={2009},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={
          194-200
        }
}
The medicinal use of natural products—compounds that are derived from natural sources such as plants, animals or micro-organisms—precedes recorded human history probably by thousands of years. Palaeoanthropological studies at the cave site of Shanidar, located in the Zagros Mountains of Kurdistan in Iraq, have suggested that more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals might have been aware of the medicinal properties of various plants, as evidenced by pollen deposits in one of the graves at the… CONTINUE READING
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