Richters HerbLetter

Date: 95/05/08
1. Cancer Breakthrough Sought in Canola

1. Cancer Breakthrough Sought in Canola
OTTAWA, May 8, Canadian Press -- Canola, a wonder plant of the health-conscious nineties, might become a new hope in the fight against cancer. A source of low-fat cooking oil, the tiny seed is being studied as an inexpensive and relatively painless treatment for the deadly disease. It could reduce the cost of cancer treatment to a fraction of more conventional menthods, predicts Maurice Moloney, a molecular biologist at the University of Calgary.

Mr. Moloney heads a research team that is experimenting with genetically engineered canola as an alternative to chemotherapy. He hopes to produce in the simple canola seed a protein that stimulates the growth of antibody- carrying white blood cells to battle cancerous growths.

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