Meet the molecules
Vinblastine and vincristine: life-saving drugs from a periwinkle
Catharanthus roseus, also known as Madagascar periwinkle, is a small perennial plant native to Madagascar. Its attractive white or pink flowers have made it a popular ornamental plant in gardens and homes across the world, but it is also the source of some life-saving drugs.
We have known about the effects of β-ODAP (or to give it its full name; β-L-oxalyl-2,3-diaminopropionic acid) for a lot longer than we have known the molecule.
Meet the molecules; Christmas edition
What give holly berries their red colour? Prof Alison Smith investigates.