Chemists find help from nature in fighting cancer

20th May 2014

Inspired by a chemical that fungi secrete to defend their territory, MIT chemists have synthesized and tested several dozen compounds that may hold promise as potential cancer drugs.

A few years ago, MIT researchers led by associate professor of chemistry Mohammad Movassaghi became the first to chemically synthesize 11,11′-dideoxyverticillin, a highly complex fungal compound that has shown anti-cancer activity in previous studies.

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