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Why Arabidopsis Why: Chemopreventive

It's unacceptable as I didn't post anything for such a long time. Actually I was away from my lab for the internship program and coming back, got busy, struggling with to-do-list and successfully failed to cope up! Tons of frustrating hours, negatives results and so on kept me away from the next post I was thinking. 
Why we study Arabidopsis? One question which has endless answers. Recently I read an article (Disintegration of microtubules in Arabidopsis thaliana and bladder cancer cells by isothiocyanates) and this is another appropriate feather for "Why Arabidopsis Why" series.
Isothiocyanates (ITCs) are plant derivatives which has cytotoxic effects on both plant and mammalian cells. Interestingly, ITCs are available in edible plants. Ah, then why it doesn't bother the host plant or even us if it has cytotoxic consequences? In plants, mostly cruciferous like mustards, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts; we don't get ITCs unless it is hydrolyzed from Gl…