Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 19th Feb 2006

Chinese Medicine and the Healing Power of Plants

Unlocking Nature's medicine chest and borrowing from biology are doctor's orders this week as Professor Monique Simmonds from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew reveals the research behind old herbal remedies, Dr Tai-Ping Fan from Cambridge University describes how Chinese medicine is being used for illnesses from gout to endometriosis, Professor Jack Cuzick from Cancer Research UK talks about clinical trials for a new drug for breast cancer, and Dr Chris is at the AAAS conference in St. Louis digging around for science news and details on a potato that fights back... In Kitchen Science, Derek unleashes the explosive power of flour, and Anna Lacey interviews Professor Peter Austin from the School of Oriental and African Studies on why thousands of languages are threatened with extinction.

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