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Scientists want to beat bird flu using Christmas trees

Scientists in Wales have found they may be able to use Christmas trees to produce anti bird flu drugs. Researchers at Bangor University's BC Centre, have discovered that Welsh grown Sitka spruce contains shikimic acid, the substance used in the only bird flu medicine currently available, known as Tamiflu. They are working on a method to extract the acid from the pine needles. If successful, this process could bring millions a year to the economy in Wales.



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