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Dr Lawrence Williams examines a guinea hen weed plant on the compound of the Scientific Research Council in Kingston. Last post of the day is about another cancer treatment breakthrough produced by Jamaican scientists using a Jamaican plant:

A Jamaican scientist is being celebrated on the international stage for finding an effective treatment for some types of cancer.

Dr Lawrence Williams, a research scientist at the Scientific Research Council (SRC), has been awarded an international patent on a compound isolated from the Guinea Hen Weed [Petivera alliacea] as a protein complex of dibenzyl trisulphide.

The SRC said the protein complex has the ability to kill a wide range of cancers.

The Jamaican’s discovery has the potential to fight various kinds of cancers, a few of which are: melanoma, lung cancer and breast cancer. The molecule also has implications for the treatment of ageing diseases.

The SRC noted that, with more than 13 years dedicated to this research, Williams has revealed that the complex is superior in killing cancer cells relative to the pure compound found in the Guinea Hen Weed-dibenzyl trisulphide.

“This remarkable breakthrough comes at a time when the world is crippled by the effects of cancer, as it is one of the leading killers globally,” the SRC asserted.

The SRC said it joined the remainder of the international medical fraternity in celebrating the scientific breakthrough.

“This is good news for Jamaica, given its ability to contribute to health, longevity and as a major foreign exchange earner. Williams’ discovery could change the face of medicine as we now know it,” the SRC declared.

Williams said that the next stage is conducting clinical trials of the compound and the development of a pharmaceutical agent.

The SRC, one of Jamaica’s chief proponents of scientific research and development, commended its team member on his “outstanding contribution to science”.

Rights to the patent are shared with Dr George Levy, a Jamaica-born medical doctor living in the United States.

Read the original Jamaica Gleaner article (found via Repeating Islands), as well as some background information from the Jamaica Scientific Research Council.

Earlier today on Green Antilles: Jamaican scientist formulates prostate cancer drug using native plant.

[Photo: src-jamaica.org]


6 Responses to “Cancer treatment complex derived from Jamaican guinea hen weed” Subscribe

  1. Nylivreh Sebrof January 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    It is quite intriguing to know that man is finally comprehending the concept of using effectively the herbs given by God the Father.
    God wishes above all things that man may prosper and be in good health, even as his soul propers.

    Thank you Dr. Willie. May God continue to inspire you to do good. In as much as you do the ‘seemingly little’ to your fellow men, you do to the Lord. All the best.
    God bless.

  2. Carol Armstrong February 3, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Excellent, I always knew that the answer to alot of illness lies in resorting back to the olden days and what God has put on this earth for mankind. Keep up the good work. God bless.

  3. Joseph & Valetta Deane February 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Congratulation Dr Willie on a job well done May the Lord continue to inspire you to do greater work. Truly the herbs of the land is for the healing of the nation.

  4. aliesia February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    i hope it willnot loose its natural nature and become a drug. They need to keep it natural

  5. joan buchanan February 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    god promised he will never leave us nor forsake us,you are his promise to us,continue to follow his guidance and help heal the nation from sickness

  6. Elaine myers February 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm #


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