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Date : 14-02-21 12:21
BF-7 was not only patented but also selected as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries in Korea. [KBS World News]
 Writer : 파미니티
 
September 7th, 2007
 
Korean scientists found that a substance from Korean silkworm cocoons boosted memory and learning capabilities. The discovery is expected to help develop pharmaceutical goods and eventually increase the incomes of silkworm farmers.
 
Silkworm cocoons are dissolved in special liquid to extract an effective substance. And then the substance is processed into powder. It's a type of special protein named BF-7. The MRI photo on the right shows a brain on BF-7. Compared to the brain of a person who only took placebo on the left, it shows more activity in the part of the brain that carries out cognition and memory functions. Brain wave measurement confirmed extra brisk brain activities.
 
INT>Dr. Youn Young-chul/ChungAng U. Med. Center
Despite a reduction in amplitude, the reaction accuracy and speed have improved. It shows high performance for low levels of concentration.
 
A clinical test on high school students and adults has also shown that their memory and concentration were improved by an average of 20 to 30%.
 
INT>Dr. Jeong Hee-yeon/ Seoul National U.
A person who took BF-7 can memorize 10 items, while a person who didn't memorize only 6.
 
BF-7 was not only patented but also selected as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries in Korea.
 
INT>Lee Gwang-gil/ Rural Develop. Administration
It could boost the incomes of silkworm farmers and lead to the development and exports of pharmaceutical products.
 
Once the memory enhancement effect of BF-7 is approved by the Korean Food and Drug Administration, it could go into commercialization as early as this year.