Frogs could help to treat cancer

The scientists who have been studying frog and toad skin, which could lead to treatments for over 70 major diseases, have been given an award

The scientists, based at Queen’s University Belfast, received the award at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards in London earlier this week.

During their research they found two proteins that can regulate how blood vessels grow.

They found that the waxy monkey frog can inhibit the growth of blood vessels, a method that could be used in the future to stop cancer tumours from developing.

Professor Chris Shaw, who led the study, said, ‘Stopping the blood vessels from growing will make the tumor less likely to spread and may eventually kill it.’

Professor Brian Walker and Dr Tianbao Chen, who were part of the judging panel at the awards, encouraged researchers to take their work to the next level.


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