A new research has found that an antibiotic found in sharks may be used a drug for treating human viruses and revolutionize medicine.
Squalamine, the antibiotic, may be used for treating a broad spectrum of diseases from dengue and yellow fever to hepatitis B, C, and D.
Dr Michael Zasloff, from Georgetown University who led the study, said: ‘To realise that squalamine potentially has broad antiviral properties is immensely exciting, especially since we already know so much from ongoing studies about its behaviour in people.’
They found that in both lab and animal experiments squalamine produced antiviral activity against the human pathogens found in the diseases such as some forms of hepatitis which cannot currently be treated.
Along with offering medical advances this discovery may solve the mystery of how sharks with primitive immune systems can so effectively fight viruses that plague all living creatures.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition online.
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