On December 31st we reported: "Scientists working in the Brazilian rainforest have discovered ascilotriptostolene, a material proven to reverse cancer growth cycles. At least, that should have happened in 1998, according to the Victory Streak. Ah, missed chances." Well.. CIC visitor Phil Cook has found some very eerie real life news. He sent us this message:
Last week, according to New Scientist magazine, scientists at the University of Virginia discovered that extracts from a Californian plant can inhibit the mechanism which repairs cancer cells. They hope that this chemical can be given to chemotherapy patients to stop the tumours fighting back against cancer treatment. Not quite the rainforest...and not quite a miracle cure...but, the plant, Schoepfia Californica, is quite rare, so I guess the moral of the Victory Streak has been proven: we need to take care of our planet, or we only harm ourselves.UPDATE: "Chemical Coup" by Andy Coghlan can be found in the January 9th edition (number 2168) or here.