Researchers Synthesize Rare Substance With Anti-Cancer Effects in Chinese Medicinal Herb, American Chemical Society Reveals  
12/13/2012 7:42:07 AM

In science's equivalent of ascending Mt. Everest, researchers are reporting success in one of the most difficult challenges in synthetic chemistry -- a field in which scientists reproduce natural and other substances from jars of chemicals in a lab. The feat, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, involved synthesis of a rare substance with promising in vitro anti-cancer effects found naturally in tiny amounts in a Chinese medicinal herb.