Partnership explores betulin's many uses
New York TimesBetulin, a powdery substance in the outer bark of the birch tree, has been shown to help wounds heal faster and cut inflammation. Betulinic acid has been explored as a potential treatment for skin cancer for more than a decade. Betulin, its derivatives and other birch bark compounds also are being tested for effectiveness in treating HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause severe cold-like symptoms and pneumonia. A partnership between a paper company, an energy company and University of Minnesota-Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), is hoping the demand for birch bark compound will grow and turn their venture into a profitable one.
—Posted: December 9, 2003
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