Finding new bioactive molecules has in the past been something of a treasure hunt that had developers combing records of traditional uses of botanicals for clues pointing the way to new products. UK-based natural products company Sibelius Limited is one of a growing cadre of firms that are automating this search, offering years’ worth of results in hours. Sibelius bases its technology on an epigenetic approach, tracing from the observed non genetic factors that affect gene expression back toward natural materials that might positively affect these conditions.

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