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    • Success in Plant stem cell isolation and culture
    • 2010.10.25
    • Success in Plant stem cell isolation and culture
      Domestic researchers have isolated stem cells from plants.
      It seems to be an opportunity for a fast and low-cost way of producing “anti-cancer drugs”
      Reported by science reporter Eun Jung Lee

      It is well known that unlike animal stem cells, it is difficult to isolate plant stem cells because they are few in number and the surrounding cells are hard.
      But a domestic venture company has succeeded in the isolation and mass production of plant stem cells from the “yew tree” for the first time in the world.
      Just like the bone marrow in humans, the stem cell was found in the “cambium” whose core function is growth and reproduction.
      The yew tree contains an anti-cancer compound called “paclitaxel”, and thisresearch team is looking forward to mass producing the stem cells to produce anti-cancer drugs in the near future.
      Eun-Kyong Lee (Research Director of bio-venture company)
      “Natural ingredients for anti-cancer drugs can be produced and extremely rare materials in nature can be maximized. We also look forward to discovering novel compounds.”
      Plant stem cells are also anticipated to  develop useful, high-valued bio-materials like wild ginseng.
      The collaborative research results with the University of Edinburgh in the UK were published in the scientific journal, “Nature Biotechnology” and 96 related patents were filed in 15 different countries.
      This is Eun Jung Lee from KBS News.