Discovery from orchid might help treat cancer

A team from the University of Macau is conducting pioneering research from an orchid with a predictable impact on bone tissue regeneration and future cancer treatments.

On April 17, the University of Macau had announced that the team led by Wang was “the first in the world to successfully develop a new type of tissue substitute based on bioactive factors isolated from a Chinese medicinal herb,” Bletilla Striata ‘, a species of orchid in Southeast Asia.

The team concluded laboratory testing and now explores the possibility of moving forward with preclinical studies in collaboration with doctors, after the search, which lasted five years, have been published in international journals.

During the investigation, Wang said it has been realized that “sugar molecules can activate the body and heal, be it bone or damaged skin, by the power of cells macrophages.”


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