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Cancer Breakthrough! Drug Compound Identified That Kills Cancer Stem Cells

09/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A drug that can selectively target and kill the stem cells that drive the growth of tumors has been identified for the first time by scientists who searched more than 16,000 compounds to find it.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Broad Institute looked for compounds that could destroy the stem cells, which often resist conventional cancer treatment. One, salinomycin, cut the number of stem cells at least 100 times more than did Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Taxol, a common chemotherapy medicine, according to a report on the findings published today in the journal Cell.

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