Gallery: Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Canc...

 

Cancer researchers in the UK have discovered a way to turn colchicine from the crocus flower into a new treatment that acts like a smart bomb to target cancerous tumors. Colchicine is naturally toxic to the human body, but it is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. The team of researchers created a delivery system that allows the chemical to travel through the body with its toxic properties switched off. Once it arrives at the cancer site, an enzyme in the tumor naturally reactivates the colchicine. The chemical then goes to work cutting off blood supply to the tumor in order to starve it.

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  1. bosshawg January 26, 2013 at 12:06 am

    How long before big Pharmaceutical companies either wipe this out or kill everybody involved, like they have quietened others who discovered cures for cancer.

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