Friday, September 27, 2013

Shark's blood may harbor human breast cancer cure

Shark's blood may harbor human breast cancer cure




Melbourne, Sept 27 (ANI): Researchers have claimed that a type of antibody found only in the blood of sharks could help tackle breast cancer.


It is thought that the unique IgNAR antibodies could be used to prevent the growth of cancer cells and research into them could lead to the development of new drugs to fight one of the most common form of the disease, News.com.au reported.

Biologists from the University of Aberdeen have been awarded 345,660 Australian dollars by Scottish cancer research charity the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) to carry out a three-year study.

Their work will focus on two molecules, HER2 and HER3, found on the surface of cancer cells which, when they pair-up, are responsible for signalling cancer cells to grow and divide.

Potentially, IgNAR antibodies could be used to stop these molecules from working and sending the signal.
Dr Helen Dooley who is from the university's School of Biological Sciences and will lead the study sais that IgNAR antibodies are interesting because they bind to targets, such as viruses or parasites, in a very different way to the antibodies found in humans. (ANI)

(Glad to hear this, but then, might this lead to harvesting of sharks for their blood to save human lives? A moral dilemma for sure. Hopefully, they can refine the research and create synthetic or genetically engineered antobodies that will do the job.)

2 comments:

  1. please keep sharing of knowledges with us.Thanks a lot for your great posting.

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  2. Well that's really good and pleasant to hear about it but as you said in the end that it would be more dangerous for the sharks to be a part of this cure. So it must not be used.

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