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BGU Scientist Discovers Camels and Sharks May Help Kill Cancer Cells

BGU Scientist Discovers Camels and Sharks May Help Kill Cancer Cells

February 8, 2021

Research News

World Israel News — A BGU researcher has discovered that special antibodies produced by camels and sharks may prove to be a powerful cancer-fighting weapon.

Very few sharks frequent Israel’s shores, but its deserts are indeed known for its camels. Prof. Niv Papo from BGU’s National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev got the idea last year because he sees camels every day on the way to work in his laboratory in Beer-Sheva.

Prof. Niv Papo

A recent study he conducted with doctoral student Lior Rosenfeld showed that by using camels, they could create tiny antibodies against prostate cancer that bind strongly only to cancer cells, directly inject them with chemotherapy drugs and eliminate those cells selectively and in a controlled manner.

Prof. Papo purchased a camel and housed it at a farm near the university, which allowed the camel to produce the tiny antibodies, much like a vaccinated or attenuated virus injected into human bodies to make antibodies, but without infecting with the virus itself.

 

 

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