A new drug that is claimed to be effective in killing leukemia cells has been developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the University of Sienna in Italy, St James's Hospital in Dublin, and Belfast City Hospital.
The drug called PBOX-15 was found effective in killing cancerous cells in people suffering from leukemia in whom other drugs were rendered useless. The study found that the drug "attacked and broke down the skeleton in leukaemia cells" in samples given by patients.
"We are still at an early stage - now we have to move it on to see if there are any side effects," said Professor Mark Lawler of Trinity College Dublin. "But it's very exciting - we want to give hope to cancer patients."