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Spotlight on Research: Biological Sciences

December 17, 2010

Lehman Biological Sciences Professor Edward Kennelly and his team of researchers are the first to develop a cutting-edge method for detecting the presence of black cohosh in botianical dietary supplements. Black cohosh, a perennial plant indigenous to the United states, is a popular botanical dietary supplement used by millions of women to treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Prof. Kennelly found that a number of supplements purporting to contain black cohosh were in fact adulterated with a closely related Asian plant species, which in some cases may be toxic to humans.

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In "World of Plants," Lehman faculty share their research in the plant sciences, discussing some of the health benefits found in plants and, in some cases, what plants tell us about humans.

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