Sunday, October 7, 2012

Kansas Cancer Cure?

Just maybe. A fascinating story about a plant that native to Kansas and the Great Plains that is toxic to cancer cells but leaves other cells alone.

“We’ve found compounds from the wild tomatillo that have strong anti-cancer properties against breast cancer, skin cancer, thyroid cancer and brain cancer in our early studies,” said Mark Cohen, cancer physician and research scientist who has been working with the plant for more than two years.
“It’s very exciting because not only do those compounds occur naturally, but they’re more potent than some drugs currently on the market for these diseases.”
Cohen said initial research has been done against human cancer cells in laboratory containers and mice. Things are progressing well enough that human-based trials could begin in about two years, he said.

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The full story from The Wichita Eagle

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