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Malaria research leads to cancer breakthrough

Added: Friday 2 December 2016

Danish scientists may have accidentally made a breakthrough in the search for a cancer cure while researching ways to prevent malaria. The research was specifically on preventing malaria from attaching itself to the placenta during pregnancy. There are various similarities between the placenta and a cancerous tumour, both of which demonstrate aggressively fast growth in a relatively foreign environment. The scientists attached a cancer-killing toxin to malaria proteins, which then burrowed into cancer cells and killed them. The results in mice have been very promising but the next test is whether this will work in the human body.