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20 September 2011

Shark compound could fight human viruses

Sharks are primitive creatures but their bodies produce a sophisticated substance that shows promise in fighting a range of human viruses, researchers said.

Sharks are primitive creatures but their bodies produce a sophisticated substance that shows promise in fighting a range of human viruses from hepatitis to yellow fever, researchers said.

The project began when lead investigator, Michael Zasloff, professor of surgery and paediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Centre, sent samples of squalamine to a series of labs around the United States for testing.

 
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