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UH lab gets $3M to study plant as cancer treatment

  • COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CANCER CENTER

    James Turkson shows vials of wild Big Island ironweed extract in his lab at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. The biologist and his colleagues last month received a research award from the National Cancer Institute after they demonstrated it inhibits cancers.

  • COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CANCER CENTER

    At left, an ironweed plant is seen growing on the Big Island. At right, ironweed extract in vials are seen at the Natural Products and Experimental Therapeutics in the Cancer Biology program at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center.

An ironweed plant that grows wild on Hawaii island may offer new ways to combat deadly brain and breast cancers, and a University of Hawaii Cancer Center biologist has received $3 million in federal funds to study it further. Read more

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