August 9, 2008
New Drug Mimics Red Wine Effects
A British pharmaceutical company says it has begun human trials of a compound that mimics the effects of a drug found in red wine.
Researchers have found that mice given resveratrol, which is found on the skin of red grapes, had stronger bones, better balance and coordination and less heart disease. But humans need to take large doses -- the equivalent of 1,000 bottles of wine a day -- to get those benefits.
The compound has been studied in mice and rats.
Sirtris executives say that the drug might be ready for market within five years.
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