eldavojohn writes: Agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto is now at the receiving end of a lawsuit from representatives of anyone who lived in the small town of Nitro, WV from 1949 on. This suit alleges that Monsanto spread chemical toxins all over town — most notably the carcinogenic dioxins. The plant in question produced herbicide 2,4,5-T which was used in Vietnam as an ingredient for "Agent Orange." From the article, 'Originally the suit called for Monsanto to both monitor people's health and clean up polluted property. The court rejected the property claims last year, leaving just the medical monitoring.' Strange that the suit is only allowed to address the symptom and not the root cause.
eldavojohn writes: A drug derived from the seeds of a shrub in Australia's rain forests will be tested on humans after treating over 150 animals. The drug acts effectively against a range of malignant cancers including skin, head, neck, breast and prostate cancer. The drug apparently acts as a detonator inside the malignant cells causing white blood cells to immediately begin attacking the life threatening growths. Since the results have not been verified elsewhere and it has not been tested in humans yet, Australia's Cancer Council is cautioning people that, although exciting, it's too early to classify this as a breakthrough or miracle drug.