Tag: squalamine

Shark-Produced Steroid Shows Promise for Fighting Human Viruses

By Douglas Main | September 20, 2011 5:41 pm



The spiny dogfish

What’s the News: Researchers found that squalamine, a steroid present in the bodies of the dogfish shark, has a protective effect against several human viruses, all of which are difficult or impossible to cure with existing drugs. The chemical has so far been shown to be relatively safe in humans and can be synthesized, suggesting it could have promise as an antiviral drug in humans.

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