Updated: 05/22/2013 00:02

Scientists from NTU and Sweden's Lund University have bioengineered a molecule that can kill tumour cells



Scientists from NTU and Sweden's Lund University have bioengineered a molecule that can kill tumour cells

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University and Lund University in Sweden have bioengineered a molecule which can kill tumour cells. 

The molecule is based on a natural protein present in human breast milk. 

Known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactabumin Made Lethal to Tumour cells), the molecule only targets tumour cells and leaves healthy human cells intact. 

Researchers found that laboratory mice, genetically modified to develop colon cancer, were protected to a large extent when fed HAMLET-laced water. 

Clinical trials on human skin papillomas and human urinary bladder cancer conducted in Sweden have also shown promising results. 

There are plans to conduct human trials in Singapore. 

After completing various trials, scientists hope to develop a commercially available product for cancer treatment in the next five to ten years.

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