New plant-based gel to fast-track ‘mini-organs’ growth, improve cancer treatment — ScienceDaily

– Monash University researchers have created the world’s first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications. This includes cancer development and treatment. Nanocellulose gels cost a fraction of the price compared to the current gold standard. These hydrogels are plant-based and animal-free, and can mimic the human body conditions on a […]

Can we harness a plant’s ability to synthesize medicinal compounds? Knowledge could guide development of sustainable production methods for plant-based medicines — ScienceDaily

Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Despite wide interest, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery until now. New work from an international team of scientists including Carnegie’s Sue Rhee reveals a gene […]

Researchers develop a plant-based thermotherapy patch

A team of researchers at Tampere University, Finland, has developed a biodegradable, transparent, flexible and fast-acting thermotherapy patch from plant leaves. The patch is compatible with flexible electronic applications. Plant material was used to reduce the amount of electronic waste. The researchers used leaves from a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa). The veins of the leaves […]