Inspired by this divine advice, the scientist and his NCI colleagues set off on a global quest to find these "holy plants" and identify their anti-cancer compounds. They scoured the deserts, rainforests and oceans in search of the holy plants and the cure for cancer.

They purchased the most advanced technology in the world to isolate, identify and measure each plant's phytochemicals, and they enrolled tens of thousands of people in clinical trials to test their effects on cancer patients.