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Three common weeds found to be potential cancer fighting agents

Three common weeds found to be potential cancer fighting agents

Three common weeds in Taiwan have been found by Academia Sinica researchers to contain cancer-fighting ingredients that can be turned into medication after more testing on animals and humans, sources at the institution said Monday.
Scientists at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, Academia Sinica said they found some pure compounds in bidens pilosa, crassocephalum crepidioides, and anoectochilus formosanus hayata are able to inhibit tumor metastasis and angiogenesis on rodents.
Shyur Lie-fen, the center's associate research fellow, said that the compounds found in bidens pilosa do not kill cancerous cells directly, but repress angiogenesis in cells surrounding the tumor.
On the other hand, Shyur said, the compounds extracted from crassocephalum crepidioides and anoectochilus formosanus hayata have proven effective in eliminating cancer cells.
"Melanoma tumors of subject mice were reduced in size after being injected with the compounds," she added. The team's results have been published by the renowned medical journal Cancer Research. The team is also applying for patents in Taiwan and the United States, another team member reported.


Updated : 2021-08-01 06:28 GMT+08:00