Gallery: Secret NINJA Proteins in Plants are the Key to Plant-Based The...


Scientists at Ghent University have just discovered a crucial protein in the self-defense process of plants dubbed the NINJA protein that may open the door for the greatly increased production of plant-based therapeutics. Previously it was known that when a plant is in defense mode it produces secondary metabolites which are crucial compounds that have various therapeutic characteristics. Up until now scientists have not known how to produce those secondary metabolites on a whim, however with the discovery of the NINJA protein they’ve unlocked the secret and should be able to produce plant-based therapeutics in large quantities.

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