Drugs derived from nature is not a new concept. Active compounds found in microorganisms and plants have helped human health for millennia, with or without synthetic modifications of modern science. Morphine for pain and codeine for coughs are examples of drugs derived from pharmacologically active molecules known as isoquinoline alkaloids. This group of plant metabolites has over 2500 types and are typically found in the poppy and barberry plants.
Nine years after having his left leg amputated in 2007 when it was caught in a fishing line, Bagpipes the Little Blue penguin has received a custom-made 3D printed foot. This foot will help him swim, stand and waddle "like a penguin should" according to BBC News.
Approximately 3.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with schizophrenia according to SARDAA (Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America), and while there currently is no medication capable of curing or reversing the onset of schizophrenia, a new study that recently appeared in Psychological Medicine shows that the human brain has