Death of Jacques Benveniste

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

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

It is in the second part of his career that this scientist has proposed hypotheses that have raised strong challenges, notably on the memory of water. It asserted, studies and experiments to the key, that the dilution of a substance in water to levels such that the more a molecule of the substance is present would retain its characteristics thanks to the famous "memory of water" . Water would be able to retain 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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