Friday, November 25, 2005

A Healthy Date (Tree)...

It’s not every day that ancient plants can inspire our modern-day, disposable, get-it-quick society.
But scientists at the Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC) in Jerusalem, have just the ticket:
The seeds were found more than 30 years ago, at the ancient site of Masada. Ironically, they were kept in a drawer, all but forgotten, for over 3 decades, before Dr Sarah Sallon, director of the NMRC, asked for a few. She planned to give them to a desert agricultural expert, to see if they could be “revived.”
This is a really fascinating story, of patience and science and a little biblical input, as well. For instance, in biblical times, dates were "were widely used for different kinds of diseases—cancers, TB [tuberculosis]—all kinds of problems."
A really interesting read. Recommended.
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