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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:15 pm

Scientists have been surprised by the rapid cancer-fighting properties of a berry found only in Far North Queensland.

An eight-year study led by Dr Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, found a compound in the berry could kill head and neck tumours as well as melanomas.

An experimental drug derived from the berry, EBC-46, has so far been used on 300 animals, including cats, dogs and horses.

Dr Boyle said in 75 per cent of cases, the tumour disappeared and had not come back.

"There's a compound in the seed - it's a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it's there in the first place, we don't know," he said.

"The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body's own immune system to clean up the mess that's left behind."

There were no side effects, but what amazed scientists most was how fast it worked: the drug took effect within five minutes and tumours disappeared within days.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-07/queensland-scientists-discover-cancer-fighting-berry/5796106

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Post by Frazzled on Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:33 pm

I wonder if nature provides a cure for every illness?  It's an interesting concept.
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:40 pm

how long before some big pharma patents the tree and all its descendants....

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:57 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:how long before some big pharma patents the tree and all its descendants....

Couldn't do it in the U.S.! In one of the rare good decisions made by our Supreme Court, they ruled you can't patent a living thing (though you can patent synthetic DNA). http://boingboing.net/2013/07/31/patent-life-how-the-supreme-c.html

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:21 pm

Also it's Aussie and we said you cant patent DNA at all, Cause FUCK Monsanto.

Plus the lab is attached to the Royal Children hospital, I do not believe it is associated with big phrama at all.

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