Scientists 'accidentally' stumble upon cure for cancer!

The researchers were hunting for a way of protecting pregnant women from malaria, which can cause huge problems because it attacks the placenta.

Updated: Oct 15, 2015, 18:40 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: In a breakthrough development, scientists have “accidentally” procured the treatment of cancer. According to a recent study, a group of Danish scientists might have discovered that a potential malaria vaccine had the unexpected side effect of killing cancerous tumors.

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According to a report in the Times of India, the researchers were hunting for a way of protecting pregnant women from malaria, which can cause huge problems because it attacks the placenta. But they found at the same time that armed malaria proteins can attack cancer, too — an approach which could be a step towards curing the disease. 

The scientists discovered that in both cases the malaria protein attaches itself to the same carbohydrate. It is the similarities between those two things that the cure could exploit, reports Independent.

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According to hellou.co.uk, the process has already been tested in cells –  and on mice with cancer. The findings are described in a new article for the journal Cancer Cell, and scientists hope that they can begin testing the discovery on humans in the next four years.

Now, this is one accident that can be forgiven!