Egyptian scientists to make diabetes drug from bitter fruit
SciDev.Net, 28 November 2011

CAIRO, EGYPT: Bitter gourd, a plant long held to have anti-diabetic properties and traditionally used in Asian medicine, is to be turned into tablets that Egyptian scientists hope will provide an alternative to insulin injections. A national pharmaceutical company and the National Research Centre (NRC) signed a contract last month for the manufacture of a drug based on an extract from the fruit, which is also known as balsam pear (Momordica charantia). The deal follows research done by the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Department of the NRC. Read the article …