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Sea squirt 'treats cancer'

21st June 2007

A study in The Lancet Oncology has suggested that a drug made from the sea squirt may help those with a form of cancer.

Research on 51 patients with a type of soft tissue sarcoma showed just over half respond positively to treatment with the drug Trabectedin and two patients saw their tumours disappear completely. Lead researcher Federica Grosso said the drug could not be used to treat other soft tissue cancers, but she said for those with myxoid liposarcomas the drug offered hope. Microbes that live within the sea squirt produce have been extracted to produce the drug.

 

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