Continuing with Paw Paw, a tree that was found to have potent anticancer activity, Dr. McLaughlin continues with his talk on cancer treatments and the general story of how he found the tree while performing his cancer research.
Dr McLaughlin was supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for over 20 years, screened over 3,500 plants species for their value as cancer treatments, and reported that he found over 350 new cytotoxic compounds. In his research, he found that annonaceous acetogenins were the most potent molecules that could be used for cancer treatment. He received approximately $5 million to use for his research.
The Paw Paw tree is indigenous to the United States. It is very plentiful with millions of trees growing in America. The tree yields a fruit that is sometimes called an Indiana Banana.