RSS-sponsored cow urine drug gets US, China patents
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It's the RSS's pet project, but partnered by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and validated four times over by patents granted by the US and China. Sounds like a heady cocktail, but is, in fact, all about cow's urine. After two earlier patents by the US, one confirming its drug-availability enhancing property and the other for its anti-cancer and anti-infective properties, the results of NEERI-Go-vigyan Anusandhan Kendra (an RSS front) joint experiment on Gomutra Ark formulation has now been validated, apart from the US, by Leftist China — this time for its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and cell permeability enhancing properties.
While the Chinese patent (100475221) came on April 8, 2009, the US patent (7718360) was granted on May 18, 2010. The two patents have certified that the composition is useful for protecting and/or repairing DNA from oxidative damages. DNA oxidation is known to to cause cancer.
"The patents have validated our results," NEERI's acting Director Tapan Chakravarti told mediapersons at a press conference here. "Many patients, some of them terminally ill with diseases like cancer, have come to the Go-vigyan Kendra for treatment and have claimed to have benefited from Gomutra Ark," he said.
NEERI, incidentally, had got involved in the project after the then CISR DG Raghunath Mashelkar visited the Kendra at Deolapar, 80 km from here, in 1999 along with the then VHP president Ashok Singhal. An impressed Mashelkar had then announced the CSIR's partnership with the Kendra. Chakravarti said, "The formulation that can be prepared even at home with the help of a set of clay pots, also transiently enhances the permeability of mitochondria, the component that provides power to the cell, thereby restoring the process called apoptasis."