Speed dating under the mistletoes
Before he was killed, 2,300 years ago, he had eaten mistletoe.There are two main families of mistletoe, distinguished by their white or red berries. They are not life-threatening, but eating them causes stomach cramps and diarrhoea.In Season 4 they are finally together for a lot of time without breaking up. In Wedding Bells & Wacky Birds, Austin and Ally got fake married for Home Economy, that episode showed their relationship as a married couple and they shared their fifth kiss. It was considered particularly potent against infertility in humans and cattle.Research earlier this century showed that mistletoe extracts acted as a diuretic, reduced blood pressure, and are an anti-spasmodic agent.
It is the latter which wreaks havoc in the cell, by preventing essential proteins from being made.
Mistletoe lectin not only kills cancer cells, but it also appears to stimulate the immunosystem." Mistletoe lectin is the active toxic chemical, and this autumn, after six years of work, its structure was finally solved by Dr Rex Palmer and Edel Sweeney, crystallographers at Birkbeck College, London.
At the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils at Daresbury, Cheshire, they bombarded lectin crystals with X-rays generated by electrons travelling close to the speed of light.
The toxic chemical they contain has only just been fully analysed, yet it is already in use as an anti-cancer agent in Germany.
Mistletoe is a partially parasitic plant growing mainly on apple trees, poplars, willows and hawthorns.