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UNBC profs go mushroom picking for cancer cure

Members of the research team. Back row: Michael Van Dijk and Ankush Barad. Middle row: Dr. Hughes Massicotte, Linda Tackberry, Faran Rashid, Vicky Myhre, and Aaron Smith. Front row: Dr. Chow Lee, Dr. Keith Egger, Sumreen Javed, and Dr. Kerry Reimer. Missing: Dr. Tina Bott and Maggie Li.

Members of the research team. Back row: Michael Van Dijk and Ankush Barad. Middle row: Dr. Hughes Massicotte, Linda Tackberry, Faran Rashid, Vicky Myhre, and Aaron Smith. Front row: Dr. Chow Lee, Dr. Keith Egger, Sumreen Javed, and Dr. Kerry Reimer. Missing: Dr. Tina Bott and Maggie Li.

Researchers at the University of Northern B.C. are studying the potential cancer fighting properties of northern B.C.’s mushrooms.

Dr. Chow Lee is a biochemestry and molecular biology professor at UNBC.

He says the interdisciplinary research team has studied about 20 species of mushrooms so far, and have found potential hits for future cancer treatments and health supplements.

Mushrooms have long been known for their medicinal properties, and are used in modern medicine.

Genome B.C. has provided $52,000 dollars towards this research, with UNBC matching that amount, which will give them 18-months of funding.

The next step is finding out what compounds are found in which mushrooms, with the research focusing on the least understoond mushroom, since that’ll give them the highest chance of a new discovery.

Dr. Lee says they’ve found potentially useful compounds in 90% of the mushrooms they’ve looked at so far.

He admits he’s a relative novice at mushroom hunting, and so far relies mostly on his colleagues to find them.

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