The "Trojan Horse" of Cancer Fighters
Larix (Larch) tree
Cancer research is one of the Technion’s priorities, so it’s no wonder that Prof. Machluf is not alone in her quest for possible cures for the disease.
Another approach takes its inspiration from Greek mythology. Technion researchers have developed a tiny “Trojan Horse” system that delivers cancer-fighting drugs once it is inside cancerous cells, preventing damage to the healthy cells in surrounding areas.
The system involves attaching folic acid and an anticancer drug to an extract from the coniferous larch tree, which is among the most common plants in the immense boreal forests of Russia and Canada. The researchers say the development may be effective against ovarian, kidney and uterine cancers.