Antarctic fungi that could help in treating Leukemia | New Discovery by IITH, Published @ NATURE Journal ~ helpBIOTECH

19 February 2019

Antarctic fungi that could help in treating Leukemia | New Discovery by IITH, Published @ NATURE Journal


This work could lead to the development of chemotherapeutic treatment methods that have fewer side effects than the existing methods.

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Researchers working with scientists from National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, have isolated Antarctic fungi that contain L-Asparaginase, an enzyme-based chemotherapeutic agent used to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer. In ALL, the bone marrow produces an excess of immature lymphocytes, a form of white blood cells. 


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