Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ordinary Backyard Chickens May Be Extraordinary In Fighting Cancer

Cleopatra readying for her Evening Roost       copyright Nancy Shobe
Breaking News: 

A Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine; Biomedical Sciences at Texas A & M and leader in the international effort to sequence the cattle genome, comprised a team to study the diversity of NK-lysin--an antibacterial substance naturally found in animals and used to fight off disease--in White Leghorns and Cornish chickens.

What Dr. James Womack and his team unexpectedly discovered while researching two genetic variations of NK-lysin was that both fought off bacterial infections but one genetic variation fought off cancer cells, as well. This important find "could lead to other steps to fight cancer," said Womack in today's edition of Science Daily.

In an earlier blog, Chickens, Flaxseed & Ovarian Cancer, I referenced ovarian research that is being conducted on chickens. Researchers discovered that hens fed a flaxseed-enriched diet for over one year experienced a significant reduction in late stage ovarian tumors.

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