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SA’s cancer-fighting sea sponges give researchers endless work


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

Senior science reporter

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...

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