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| Last Updated:: 10/09/2015

Scientists decode humble tulsi




Be it common cold or fever, the humble tulsi can cure many an ailment. But despite its extensive use in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, not much is known about the bioactive compounds produced by the plant. 

A recent breakthrough by city scientists has got them one step closer to understanding the herb's medicinal values. 

A team of researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, has produced the first draft genome of the plant, which can help them identify the genes responsible for production of compounds with potential medicinal properties. The medicinal properties of tulsi are attributed to specialized compounds produced as a part of its defence mechanism, said Sowdhamini Ramanathan of NCBS, the lead researcher. 


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