A destructive disease is showing potential as a cancer treatment.
Scientists at UBC, Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Cancer Agency have discovered a protein from malaria that they say could one day help stop cancer in its tracks.
Dr. Mads Daugaard with UBC says researchers have found the malarial protein could provide the tool for carrying drugs to tumours.
“What it can mean is that we would be able to use this protein for therapy — not only therapy but diagnostic purposes.”
Two companies, including one in Vancouver, are developing the compound for clinical trials in humans, which will take another three to four years.