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NTU scientists find rare enzyme in local common plant​​

Published on : 21-Oct-2014

​​Scientists at NTU have made a rare discovery in a common local plant whose blue flowers are used for food colouring. They have extracted a type of enzyme called a ligase from the Clitoria ternatea, or the blue butterfly pea plant. There are only four known ligases in the world, including the new enzyme. The scientists said their work could lead to better understanding about how the human body forms cells, as well as how to repair mistakes that lead to diseases such as cancer.