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Contact: Dr. Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Madagascar Periwinkle

Caption: The main source of vinblastine and vincristine is the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), also known as an ornamental plant. The SmartCell Consortium succeeded in elucidating the complete upstream segment of the biosynthetic pathway leading to these valuable anticancer pharmaceuticals, and thus creating the basis for their biotechnological production.

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