Death of Jacques Benveniste

PARIS (AP) - Jacques Benveniste, emeritus research director at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), silver medal from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), died in Paris on Sunday , at the age of 69 years.

Jacques Benveniste marked the National Institute of Health and Medical Research of which he “remains one of the outstanding scientific personalities with in particular his research on inflammation, allergy and the discovery of the Platelet activating factor (PAF) - Acether (PAF) ”, one of the molecules involved in platelet activation, stressed INSERM in a press release.

It was in the second part of his career that this scientist proposed hypotheses which raised lively disputes, notably on the memory of water. He claimed, studies and experiments to the key, that the dilution of a substance in water to levels such that no more a molecule of said substance is present would keep its characteristics thanks to the famous "memory of water" . Water would be able to keep the "memory" of the molecular structure of a substance that has been diluted.

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Since 1973, Jacques Benveniste has collaborated with Inserm, of which he has directed several units. His work in allergology has given him international renown and has opened up new therapeutic perspectives in the field of allergy and inflammation.

The exploration of the functions of the molecule called PAF went beyond the initial discovery and led to the development of new anti-inflammatory strategies. AP


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