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UnDisciplined: chemists put a new spin on the phrase 'tree of life'

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William Shakespeare described the resources that emerge from elements of nature, " we find tongues in trees, books in running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything." A new study has revealed that the bark of a tall rainforest tree may provide a cornucopia of potentially useful drugs for people — drugs that could lead to positive neuroactive effects in the future.

Ryan Shenvi is a professor at the Scripps Research Institute

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