Scientists find new drug that kills liver cancer cells

Professor Daniel Tenen and Dr Liu Bee Hui of the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore have designed a molecule to block the interaction between two proteins linked to cancer growth.
Professor Daniel Tenen and Dr Liu Bee Hui of the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore have designed a molecule to block the interaction between two proteins linked to cancer growth.PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

Drug created by the team mimics body's biological structures and has no significant side effects

Driving the growth of many cancerous tumours is a protein known as SALL4, which has been classified as an "undruggable target".

But scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Harvard Medical School believe they have found a solution in a new drug.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2018, with the headline 'Scientists find new drug that kills liver cancer cells'. Print Edition | Subscribe