Compound found in octopus ink kills cancer cells but not others

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Compound found in octopus ink kills cancer cells but not others


A compound found in octopus ink has anti-cancer properties

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A compound found inside octopus ink has been created artificially in the lab and used to kill cancer cells. The development could eventually lead to new cancer treatments.

Martín Samuel Hernández-Zazueta at the University of Sonora in Mexico and his colleagues had previously identified a compound called ozopromide (OPC) that is found in the ink sac of common octopuses (Octopus vulgaris) as one of interest for its anti-cancer properties.

The researchers used a series of standard chemical reactions that allowed …



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