A team of Mexican researchers discovered a substance that may act against cancer in marine species such as jellyfish and anemones on the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico.
According to information from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the finding was made at the facilities of the Academic Unit of Arrecifales Systems (UASA), located in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, as a result of the work of oceanologist Judith Sánchez Rodríguez and her team.
The substance from jellyfish and anemones, according to the report, would help mitigate and stop the growth of cancer cells without damaging cells that are in optimal condition.
Chemicals used in chemotherapy attack all the cells, and the jellyfish compounds would only affect the malignant cells. Proteins and polypeptides are extracted from the anemones in cell cultures and in the long term, it could be an effective medicine.
Sánchez Rodríguez clarified that marine species are not exploited for this research, because the scientists are only responsible for finding the sequence of amino acids that produce this effect, which does not put the ecosystem at risk. The expert also said that more tests are needed on these compounds.
According to data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, of the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second cause of death in the world. In 2015 alone, 8.8 million deaths were attributed to this terrible disease. This discovery may open the possibility to new treatments for this disease worldwide and would represent a great advance for medicine.
Source: Agencia ID