Mother Nature, the ultimate drug designer: why are we still using cheap synthetic compounds?

“I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that. I only discovered it by accident.” - Alexander Fleming Natural products – chemicals produced by organisms in nature – have been the basis of medicine for centuries. Aspirin is based on a chemical in willow tree bark. Morphine comes from the opium plant. Penicillin was discovered in a mold. Nature …

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