27 Feb '11, 9am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Anti-cancer drugs from a sponge commonly seen on our shores

Wild Shores of Singapore: Anti-cancer drugs from a sponge commonly seen on our shores

Scientists in London are turning to sea sponges to help them learn more about anti-cancer drugs. Using his £106,079 grant from the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) Dr Matthew Fuchter and his team are investigating a naturally-occurring chemical found in the sea sponge. Molecules found in deep sea organisms are used in research into a number of diseases, including malaria and cancer. The particular sea sponge under investigation naturally contains the chemical psammaplin A which is reported to be a powerful blocker of several components of the processing machinery in cancer cells, preventing them from growing and dividing. Dr Fuchter and his team from Imperial College London have discovered a new way of making psammaplin A which has the potential to inspire novel anti-cancer drugs. This new route allows the researchers to make variations of the psammapli...

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