Nature Bank - New drugs from the natural world has now finished

24 Apr 2014 - 28 Mar 2017

Video - Plants on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve used for Nature Bank

Sponsor a Sampe

Nature Bank is already being used in the search for new antibiotics and drugs for the treatment of cancer and neurogenerative diseases, but it needs support to continue this potentially life-saving work.

Nature's Fight Against Cancer

From the late 1930's to the end of 2012, over 60% of small molecule anti-tumour drugs were natural products, or inspired by them. Paclitaxel (from the Pacific View tree bark), used in the treatment of breast, ovarian and non-small cell lung cancers, and Eribulin (from a marine sponge) used for treating metastatic breast cancer, are just two examples of natural products helping cancer patients. Nature Bank is a treasure chest of potential anti-cancer drugs just waiting to be discovered. 

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