Old drug, new tricks

Metformin, cheap and widely used for diabetes, takes a swipe at cancer

A NEW TRICK  Known as goat’s rue, holy hay, French lilac and Italian fitch, Galega officinalis was an ancient herbal remedy. Now its derivative, the diabetes drug metformin, may find new uses treating cancer and other diseases.

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