A ground of medical researchers in Salt Lake City Utah has begun experiments with a new compound which may prove a break through in the fight against cancer.
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Background: A ground of medical researchers in Salt Lake City Utah has begun experiments with a new compound which may prove a break through in the fight against cancer. Led by Doctor Leroy Townsend at the University of Utah the researchers have developed a synthetic drug which has proved successful against cancer in some forms of lower life.
The biggest problem with any artificial drug is the toxic effects it can leave. The complex makeup of the human body may cause rejection and so Doctor Townsend and his fellow workers say it will be at least two years before they may find a suitable composition which can be used on humans. The new drug is very similar to the compounds which occur naturally in cells.
While the Utah scientists are optimistic, they are also cautious. Doctor Townsend says that even if the drug proves itself against cancer cells, it will never be the overall solution to preventing the disease.