Death of Jacques Benveniste

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

Jacques Benveniste has marked the National Institute of Health and Medical Research which he "remains one of the outstanding scientific figures with in particular his research on inflammation, allergy and the discovery of Platelet activating factor (PAF) - Acether (PAF) ", one of the molecules involved in platelet activation, underlined the INSERM in a statement.

It is in the second part of his career that this scientist has proposed hypotheses that have raised fierce disputes, especially on the memory of water. He affirmed, studies and experiments to the key, that the dilution of a substance in water at levels such that more a molecule of said substance is present would keep its characteristics thanks to the famous "memory of the water" . Water would be able to keep the "memory" of the molecular structure of a substance that has been diluted.

Since 1973, Jacques Benveniste was working at Inserm which he conducted several units. His work in allergy have given him international fame and opened new therapeutic perspectives in the field of allergy and inflammation.

Exploring the functions of the molecule called PAF has exceeded the initial discovery led to the development of new anti-inflammatory strategies. AP



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