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‘Miracle’ Cures Face Extinction

Catharanthua roseus

Catharanthus roseus (Rosy periwinkle) treats
4 out of 5 children with leukaemia

Photo © Peter S. Goltra for the
National Tropical Botanical Garden

From a desert succulent that may ‘cure’ obesity, to a Chinese magnolia effective against previously untreatable cancers, hundreds of the planet’s most promising medicinal plants are facing an imminent threat, warn world’s experts.

Looming Health Care Crisis

A new global study reveals that hundreds of medicinal plant species, whose naturally-occurring chemicals make up the basis of over 50% of all prescription drugs, are threatened with extinction. Sparking off fears of a global health care crisis, a consortium of leading experts acting through London-based organisation, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), are calling for urgent action to help ‘secure the future of global healthcare’.

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Medicinal Plants: Report
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