Australian scientists believe a seed from a rainforest plant could hold the key to curing cancer.
Researchers say initial tests of the Blushwood tree has found is was effective 70 per cent of the time. An experimental drug based on the seed was even found to be effective in treating pets with cancer.Scientists at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute found a single injection of the drug EBC-46 led to rapid breakdown of tumours in a range of human tumour models.
The study, published in the journal PLOS One, was led by Dr Glen Boyle.
He says the findings suggest the drug could be effective in human patients.
'We were able to achieve very strong results injecting EBC-46 directly into melanoma models, as well as cancers of the head, neck and colon,' Dr Boyle said. 'In most cases the single injection treatment caused the loss of viability of cancer cells within four hours, and ultimately destroyed the tumours.'
Dr Boyle says EBC-46 works in part by triggering a cellular response which effectively cuts off the blood supply to the tumour.
Source Daily Mail