As part of the Quest (http://ltu.edu/arts_sciences/quest.asp) program, Assistant Professor Shannon Timmons and her students attach sugars to complex molecules produced in nature to create new life-saving drugs to treat illnesses, such as cancer and bacterial infections. Using warfarin, a commonly prescribed anticoagulant also used as a rat poison, they employ organic synthesis and biological catalysts methods to add sugars to promising molecules.
One of sugars added to warfarin created a molecule 100 times more effective in killing cancer cells.
WHAT IS WARFARIN?
An early recipient was US President Dwight Eisenhower, who was given warfarin after having a heart attack in 1955