Scientists made a leukemia breakthrough that could save thousands of lives a year — thanks to a tiny flower, The Sun reported Thursday.
They found an extract from the white bloom that can boost the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs by one million times — and they believe it can also treat other types of cancer.
Molecules from Gypsophila Paniculata — commonly known as Baby's Breath — appeared in trials to break down the membrane of deadly cancer cells. This makes it far easier for antibody-based drugs to attack the cancer itself.
Experts working for U.K. charity Leukemia Busters made the discovery.
The charity was set up by Dr. David Flavell and his wife Bee whose son Simon, 10, died of the disease.
"This could truly revolutionize the way these antibody-based drugs work and it will save lives," Flavell said.
Scientists are now preparing for clinical trials.