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Teesside biotechnology firm looks to turn roadside plants to anticancer drugs

Teesside company TeeGene Biotech has launched a research project to investigate whether roadside verges can provide crucial chemicals to be recycled for use in medical applications.

Focussing on roadside plants and greenery subjected to significant levels of air pollution from exhaust fumes, TeeGene is investigating the possibility that they may contain valuable chemicals, platinum group metals, which can be recycled for use in anticancer drugs and biomedical devices such as pacemakers.

Based at the Wilton Centre near Redcar, the firm stands as a spin-out venture from Teesside University and the University of York. A consortium of its scientists are currently undertaking the research... Read more>


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