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Sharks are immune to all known diseases

Postby Don't Blink » 12 May 17, 10:09 pm

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that a compound in sharks has the potential to be used as a “broad spectrum” antiviral agent in humans.

The particular compound is known as squalamine. Dr. Michael Zasloff first discovered squalamine in the tissue of dogfish sharks in 1993.

Doctor Zasloff is also the lead author of the newest study. Sharks are known for their natural resistance to diseases and viruses despite their primitive immune systems. One article even reports that sharks are immune to all viruses! Doctor Zasloff realized that squalamine is an important contributing factor to sharks’ effective immune systems.

Before scientists realized squalamine’s antiviral potential they discovered its ability to inhibit the growth of rapidly multiplying blood vessels like the ones in tumors and retinal diseases. Human clinical trials involving squalamine as a treatment for cancer and retinal disorders have already begun.
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