Natural Products As A Novel Therapeutic Agents

Natural substances are the foundations of novel therapeutic lead compounds with minimal side effects. This is because of the presence of tremendous biodiversity among plants, animals, marine organisms and microorganisms. The process of drug discovery from natural sources is slow and monotonous and is associated with uncertain results. However, with the help of recent advancements such as proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics and genetic modification, several natural products can now be screened for their bioactivity which may contribute towards future drug development.