Local yams have anti-cancer properties

THE BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE at The UWI, Mona Campus has discovered the presence of anti-cancer properties in purple yams, and the yam extract is currently being considered for the award of a US patent. Dr Dennis Bailey made the discovery while conducting doctoral studies on indigenous varieties of yams cultivated in Jamaica, known as the Dioscorea alata, Cultivar St Vincent Dark Night and Moonshine yams. “Purple yams contain potent phytochemicals which slow down the growth of     . . . Read more

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