Tobacco plant such as Nicotiana alata can lead to the development of new antibiotics which can effectively treat life-threatening infectious diseases. The flowers of Nicotiana alata contains peptide NaD1 which has infection-busting qualities.
Tiny diamonds can lead to the development of low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools. Defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds can improve the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) systems.
Nutrient-enriched plants containing high levels of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) can reduce vitamin B12 deficiency and overcome dietary limitations. Similarly, vitamin content of some plants can be improved which can make vegetarian and vegan diets more complete.
Severity and duration of freezing of gait was significantly reduced with improved cognitive processing speed and reduced daytime sleepiness in patiients with Parkinson's, confirmed researchers from University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre.