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"Father of viagra" speaks about Chinese herbal medicine
www.chinaview.cn 2005-05-06 16:22:03

    BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhuanet) -- If Chinese herbal medicine underwent scientific tests, it could spread to international use, has said Freid Murad, the 1998 Nobel prize winner of physiology and medicine, in Beijing.

    Murad, the 69-year academic at the United States National Academy of Sciences, made the comment at an international bio-tech seminar a week ago. He said that herbal medicine, a great treasury of China, plays unique roles in relieving some modern illnesses closely related to living habits.

    However, Chinese herbal medicine relying on "traditional experiences," and cannot enter the world market due to insufficient data collection and scientific research.

    Murad has discovered nitric oxide as a signaling molecule began with an investigation of drugs that caused relaxation or contraction of vascular smooth muscle. The important discovery notonly helped him win the 1998 Nobel prize, but also won him the title "father of viagra."    Enditem

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