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Body Makes Own Aspirin Compound

January 8th, 2009

Episode 42 of 579 episodes

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry finds that humans can manufacture their own salicylic acid, the major part of aspirin. Another study, in Nature, shows that plants make their own salicylic acid at wound sites. Karen Hopkin reports