September 28, 2013

Jaws Kills Cancer?!

1 Shark Antibodies May Fight Breast Cancer

A three-year study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland funded by the U.K.-based Association for International Cancer Research is going to determine if shark antibodies stop the growth of breast cancer. Shark’s blood contains the antibody IgNAR which has smaller areas that attach to viruses compared to human antibodies. It is hoped that the small size allows them to get into spaces that human antibodies cannot. The focus of this study will be on breast cancers that test positive for the HER receptor, which is currently treated with Herceptin. The goal is to have an alternative drug for those women who develop resistance to Herceptin.

More at CBS News | Posted 4 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sharks More Valuable in Ocean Than in Soup

Tags: Antibodies, Breast Cancer, Herceptin, University of Aberdeen, HER Receptor, Shark’s, IgNAR

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