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+ - Low cost cure for all cancers?

Submitted by superbrose
superbrose (1030148) writes "The New Scientist reports that scientists at the University of Alberta have found that the well known, widely available drug DCA kills cancer cells while leaving other cells in tact.

From the article:
It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.


According to the Daily Reckoning,
the researchers don't know yet, but they believe that DCA may just kill all cancers. Clinical tests of cancer patients are planned. These will require money from charities, universities and governments, because pharmaceutical companies won't pay for a discovery that cannot be patented.
I do hope that these trials will be funded!"

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