Year - 2016 Blog

Novel Drug Source Material

Close up of a bright red poppy flower

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.  

Brewery Creates Edible Six-Pack Rings

Top view of a standard six pack

The images of birds and marine life entangled in the plastic rings used to hold together six-packs of beers and soda are all too familiar. Even if consumers cut up the plastic rings before throwing them away, that doesn't stop birds or marine life from ingesting them. But a craft beer brewery is doing something to change that.