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Drug from tropical Australian tree shrinks animal cancers

A drug made from the fruit of a tree from the rainforests of northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in mice, scientists say.

The Blushwood tree, found on the Atherton Tablelands in tropical Queensland, produces a dark reddish/yellow berry with powerful seeds inside, which QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute scientist Dr Glen Boyle used to develop an experimental drug, called EBC-46.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014