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Tick saliva could hold cancer cure: Brazil

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on September 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

the tickTick saliva could hold cancer cure: Brazilian scientists

By Marc Burleigh (AFP) – Aug 28, 2009

SAO PAULO — It may be one of nature’s repulsive little blood-sucking parasites, but the humble tick could yield a future cure for cancers of the skin, liver and pancreas, Brazilian researchers have discovered.Tick Bird

They have identified a protein in the saliva of a common South American tick, Amblyomma cajennense, that apparently reduces and can even eradicate SPIT asiacancerous cells while leaving healthy cells alone.

“This is a radical innovation,” said Ana Marisa Chudzinski-Tavassi, the molecular biologist at the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo who is leading the research.

“The component of the saliva of this tick… could be thespit drawing cure for cancer,” she told AFP.

via AFP: Tick saliva could hold cancer cure: Brazilian scientists.

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