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marcia stone

Fungus have a black pigment as well --this also protects them from radiation as well as giving them a number of other life enhancing features. Our friends Arturo Casadevall and Ekaterina Dadachova at Einstein reasoned that by designing a radiation-armed antibody targeting melanin it could help destroy melanoma. I think this antibody is in clinical testing now.

The secret to getting the antibody to melanoma is that the cancer pigment spills outside malignant cells as they die (and yes, malignant cells do die) and this attracts the antibodies.

For more detail see Microbe magazine: http://www.microbemagazine.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5741:antibody-to-fungal-melanin-part-of-promising-melanoma-treatment&catid=992&Itemid=1332

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