Scientists discover cancer-fighting berry on tree that only grows in Far North Queensland

Blushwood berries in the wild.
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.

via Scientists discover cancer-fighting berry on tree that only grows in Far North Queensland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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