Caithness Biotechnologies Harnessing Nature for drug discovery
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1) Advantages
2) Novelty
3) Rationale
4) Intellectual property
5) Unique molecules
6) Hit-rate
7) Diversity
8) Resupply
9) Unextracted herbs
10) Extraction
11) Ethnic data
12) Screening
13) Shelf-life
14) Kit sizes
15) Separation
16) Human studies
17) Pre-fractionation
18) 'Frequent hitters'

 

Frequently asked questions

05) How many unique molecules are contained in each extract of the library?

This question is much debated in the field, and a consensus answer is yet to emerge.

However, estimates of the average number of distinct compounds present within a crude plant extract range from hundreds to thousands [1].

The entire Phytotitre library may therefore contain thousands to hundreds of thousands of structurally distinct compounds - far greater than a synthetic compound library of equivalent size.

[1] Hostettmann K. Strategy for the Biological and Chemical Evaluation of Plant Extracts. IUPAC (1999)

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