When it comes to the search for the cancer cure, scientists may have made huge steps towards finding a cure, and they may have done this accidentally. As a matter of fact, it was unexpectedly discovered that a protein in malaria could be an effective method against cancer.
Researchers from Denmark were on the hunt for a method of being able to protect women who were pregnant from acquiring the disease malaria, as this attacks the placenta and can cause huge problems. At the same time, they found that malaria proteins which were armed were able to go against cancer as well. This approach may just be the giant step towards getting a cancer cure, finally.
A combination of some of the protein bits that the vaccine for malaria uses for burying into cells and have mixed this with toxins which can then bury into cells of cancer and get the toxin released, which will disintegrate the cancer cells.
It has also been found by scientists that both times the protein of malaria gets attached to the identical carbohydrate. The cure could be the result of the similarities of these cases.
Placentas grow quickly and this is something that the carbohydrate ensures. Behind the new findings, the team details how in tumors, it serves the same function. Then, the parasite malaria gets attached to cells of cancer similarly, which means that it could kill these as well. It has been said by scientist that for a long time, they had been looking for a way to take advantage of the similarity between the tumor and the placenta. Being an organ, it only takes a few months for the placenta to grow cells into an organ that weighs 2 lbs and provide nourishment and oxygen to the embryo in an environment that is relatively foreign. To put it another way, the same thing happens with tumors, as these grow in the same aggressive manner in an environment that is relatively foreign.
In mice cells, there has already been a testing of this process for a cancer cure. The Cancer Cell journal describes findings in a new article. There are hopes by scientists that they can start to test this finding within the next four years on human beings.
The big question is whether or not in the human body, it will work and if the doses can be tolerated in the body of human beings without side effects developing. There is much optimism; however, as the protein looks like it can only get attached to placenta carbohydrates in human cancer tumors.
On mice tests, each was implanted with different human cancer cells. The process got rid entirely of prostate cancer in 2 out of 6 mice, reduced lymphoma tumors of non-Hodgkin’s disease to a fourth of their original dimension and kept five out of six mice alive which had bone cancer metastasis in comparison to complete death of all the mice in a control group. So to answer the question whether the cure of cancer has been found for good, the answer is yes, in mice for now, but soon in human beings.