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.
Jacques Benveniste left his mark on the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, of which he “remains one of the outstanding scientific personalities, in particular with 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 that raised strong disputes, in particular on the memory of water. He affirmed, studies and experiments with the key, that the dilution of a substance in water to levels such that no more a molecule of the 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.
Since 1973, Jacques Benveniste has worked at Inserm, where he has headed several units. His work in allergology has given him international fame and opened up new therapeutic perspectives in the field of allergy and inflammation.
The exploration of the functions of the molecule called PAF has gone beyond the initial discovery and led to the development of new anti-inflammatory strategies. AP