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Safe delivery system discovered for anti-cancer compound

  • Posted: October 22, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (home of the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center) have discovered a way to effectively deliver staurosporine (STS), a powerful anti-cancer compound that has vexed researchers for more than 30 years due to its instability in the blood and toxic nature in both healthy and cancerous cells.  For the first time, the new method safely delivered STS to mouse tumors, suppressing them with no apparent side effects. The results were published online, October 20, in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

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