SA’s cancer-fighting sea sponges give researchers endless work
They kill good cells with the bad, so finding the right delivery agent is crucial
Some marine sponges – of which SA’s coastline is a treasure trove – were found many years ago to have anti-cancer properties.
However, they’re so toxic that administering them to patients would kill off healthy cells, not just the cancer cells.
Now, researchers at the University of the Western Cape – who are copying the structures of the molecules and producing them in the laboratory – are trying to figure out a delivery agent that will only target the cancer cells...