Drugs From Plants: Old Idea, New Directions

(DGIwire) – “Pharmacognosy” may not be a familiar word, but the concept it defines is a very old one: the search in nature for potentially useful medicines and therapies. Drug Discovery & Development recently published an interview on the topic with Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience, a biotech/agtech R&D company engaged in […]

Algae as a Functional Food Ingredient: 4 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – In the quest for an ever-greater share of the consumer market, a host of food manufacturers have found that functional foods hold a special appeal. As they evaluate the potential value functional foods may add to their product lineups, marketers should consider what algae-based ingredients offer, according to a recent article in FoodDIVE […]

Algae: Playing a Vital Role on Earth in the Past, Present and Future

(DGIwire) – A team of researchers at the Australian National University recently offered a bold answer to a huge question: What led to the appearance of complex organisms—including animals and humans—on Earth? As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the researchers say the answer comes down to a single word: algae. The team claims […]

Greener Drugs: The Role of Algae in Pharmaceutical Development

(DGIwire) – Marine algae are receiving growing attention as sources of bioactive compounds and are being considered for the pharmaceutical industry in drug development. A 2016 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology outlined some of the potential applications of this burgeoning field. Different types of algae possess distinct potential uses in medicine. As […]

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