Harnessing plants for health
Claire Thetford analyzed what happens when you treat colon cancer cells with broccoli extract. Doriane Taylor hunted for plant genes related to amino acid biosynthesis. And Bethany Latham and Emily Riffe helped map the production of caffeine in four plant species used by indigenous people of the Americas. While their lab work was different, the four NC State University students shared a common goal this summer: to explore ways to harness plants’ benefits for human health.