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Scientists identify cancer drugs that can also cure early stage Malaria

Aug 26, 2014    

Scientists have identified compounds - including some that are already being tested to combat cancer - as potential treatments for malaria.Duke University assistant professor Emily Derbyshire and colleagues identified more than 30 enzyme-blocking molecules, called protein kinase inhibitors, that curb malaria before symptoms start.By focusing on treatments that act early, before a person is infected and feels sick, the researchers hope to give malaria - especially drug-resistant strains - less time to spread.Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium that spreads from perso...

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