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+ - New Unpatented Cancer Drug

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "New Scientist is running a story about a new cancer drug that activates cell death in cancer tumors by activating cell apoptosis (the process in which cells die) by turning on the mitochondria normally inactive in cancer cells. Interestingly the drugs used in this treatment have been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders, so they aren't covered by any existing patents. This might slow down their development, but raises hopes about relatively cheap drugs to combat many different forms of cancer. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10971?DCMP=N LC-nletter&nsref=dn10971"

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