Potential cure for cancer found in malaria

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October 22, 2015

A new study published in Cancer Cell reports that a malaria protein could be a potential treatment for certain forms of cancer. Scientists discovered that this protein armed with a toxin destroys a wide range of cancer cells, from brain tumors to leukemia.

Danish scientists were developing a vaccine for malaria in pregnant women, because malaria attacks the placenta. During this process, they found a malaria protein attached to a specific carbohydrate in the placenta that promotes cancer cell growth. The researchers used their findings to attach a toxin to the malaria protein in cancer patients, which then destroys the cancer cells. The toxin was effective in 90% of study patients, according to the scientists.

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