I just finished reading an article on Press Esc entitled Cancer cure patented. It is an interested read however I think the title is a bit misleading.
In short, a group of scientists is experimenting with a new compound of a “short-chain fatty acid called butyrate” combined with a sugar used to attack cancer cells. Butyrate was tested by itself and with other chemicals up to 20 years ago and it was effective slowing cancer cell growth, however there was never a compound created that was effective enough to be considered as a cure. This group of scientists have experienced some promising results with this new compound. From the article:
“After 15 days, cancer growth had resumed in dishes treated with four of the compounds, but in samples treated with the butyrate-ManNAc hybrid, all of the cancer cells had died.”
Testing has not progressed beyond testing cell samples yet, in other words no animal or human testing has begun. While results are promising, it will probably be a while before we have any concrete findings to its true potential, but it does give hope. Having lost a family member last year to cancer, I will certainly be keeping an eye on this bit of news.