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

Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons
Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

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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