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Natural Substances Could Form the Basis of Cancer-preventing Medicines

by Savitha C Muppala on June 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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 Natural Substances Could Form the Basis of Cancer-preventing Medicines

Scientists are working on medicines based on natural substances which may help prevent cancer.

A new research has described how scientists, sifting through natural products from fruits and vegetables, have narrowed down the list to certain products such as resveratrol, a substance found in red wine.

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Other possible choices include abyssinone, a substance found in a plant from traditional Chinese medicine.

Scientists are also studying potential cancer-preventing substances in deep-ocean microbes.

The article appears in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News (C and EN).

C and EN Associate Editor Carmen Drahl cites continued optimism that the search will pay off, even though some natural products have failed to prevent cancer in human clinical trials.

Source: ANI
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