Shark research could offer new antiviral medication

09/19/2011 | United Press International

Scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered that a compound derived from sharks called squalamine, which already has been tested in humans to treat cancers and certain eye disorders, also exhibits antiviral properties against viruses such as dengue fever and hepatitis. Researcher Michael Zasloff says the discovery could lead to new broad-spectrum medications for use in humans.

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