Scientists in Thailand are developing a medicine from sea squirts to treat breast cancer, the Thai news agency TNA reported Wednesday.

The report said Thai scientists are currently trying to transform a substance extracted from the marine life into a chemical that could be used as a medicine. The research should soon produce some concrete results, the President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Thailand, Dr. Suniphon Phummangkura told TNA.

The sea squirt is a marine animal found in abundant numbers around Thailand's coasts.

International science research has shown that the animal has a chemical substance that can block the growth of cancer cells in humans.

The Thai sea squirts have a higher amount of this substance than those found elsewhere in the world. Thai scientists are currently developing several treatment products and medicines from a variety of natural substances, including local herbs and marine life, said Dr. Suniphon. - Bernama


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