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'Tomatoes could help cancer fight': study

TT/The Local · 26 Mar 2010, 08:28

Published: 26 Mar 2010 08:28 GMT+01:00

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Researchers hope that in the future tomatoes could have a role to play in battling cancer. According to the study conducted at Lund University, and reported in the Sydsvenskan daily, tomato genes have been found to destroy cancer cells.

"Tomato genes seem to work like a suicide bomb," said Jure Piskur, a professor at Lund University and one of the researchers behind the study.

A combination of tomato genes and AZT - the anti-retoviral drug used to combat HIV - makes the tomatoes explode and destroy cancer cells in tumours. The genes are injected into the cancer cells.

The tomato gene is active in the build up and repair of the gene pool. Together with the AZT medicine it can constitute an effective weapon.

"We have tested a hundred different organisms and a hundred different medicines. But the best combination is the tomato gene and AZT medicine," Piskur told the newspaper.

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The first registered gene therapy treatment of cancer began a few months ago in Finland. As it currently stands gene therapy can not cure cancer, simply hinder its development.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:15 March 26, 2010 by zooeden
If only tomatoes would taste of anything in sweden...
09:18 March 26, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Sounds cool but how do would they get the genes into cancer cells in the human body?
09:22 March 26, 2010 by peropaco
Or if only one could find proper tomatoes. I guess they conducted the study with imported tomatoes since the home grown ones would have yielded no conclusive results.
12:39 March 26, 2010 by Twiceshy
"makes the tomatoes explode"

Quality writing right there.
03:38 March 27, 2010 by Davey-jo
You say tomato and I say tamahto; lets call the whole thing puff?

This is one of those nowhere stories; ie. it's going nowhere and no-one will remember it in two days time.
01:55 April 6, 2010 by Gefle383
For years tomatoes have been known to fight prostate cancer so this makes sense. Brocolli is also known to fight cancer cells.
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