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Common plant may hold cancer cure

Matt Thibodeaux, KETK
December 19, 2017 03:38 PM

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KETK) -- A research professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas says he has discovered a cancer-fighting compound.


Dr. Shiyou Li, director of National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops at SFA, has been working at SFA for 25 years, and he and his team have found something "promising" in a plant known to wreak havoc in East Texas lakes.

The U.S. patent Li has applied for would be for an anti-cancer compound that is found in giant salvinia, an invasive plant species found in many lakes in Texas, but that is native to Brazil.

"The goal of our research is to identify a new molecule fighting against the cancer, human cancer," Li said.

Li said they found eight new compounds, with one of them showing anti-tumor activity. Lab trials show this new compound can slow or even stop the growth of cancer cells, including pancreatic and lung cancer cells.

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Matt Thibodeaux, KETK

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