Jun 13 2012

Botanical Wednesday: High times

Exciting news! Scientists are working on identifying the biochemical pathways that produce a miniscule component of this plant’s chemical defenses!


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    Sniffing out the secrets of coca, are they?

    Yes, we’re all excited, hardly able to sit still….

    Glen Davidson

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    I wonder if they could come up with a sort of general anaesthetic/analgesic from this as an alternative à la methadone, and/or, like methadone, be a withdrawal/maintenance treatment.

    ↑ I managed to get three whacks in that sentence, and now it looks like an URL.

  3. 3

    Why is it that the greatest drug creations are almost as good as natures originals but … patentable?

  4. 4

    Actually that’s ‘minuscule’, as in ‘minus’.

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    A minuscule part of the plant’s defense? Cue in the people screaming about wasted research money!

    My mother spent hours railing about studies of fruit fly DNA – why are we spending money on fruit flies? No amount of explanation about the importance of this research would convince her.

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    Aw, give the poor guy a break on “miniscule,” he’s a biologist, not a linguist. What’s more, my spell checker didn’t flag it here.

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