Artificial sweetener could lead to new treatments for aggressive cancers

March 23, 2015 2:02 PM

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Artificial sweetener could lead to new treatments for aggressive cancers

Saccharin, the artificial sweetener that is the main ingredient in Sweet 'N Low, Sweet Twin and Necta, could do far more than just keep our waistlines trim. According to new research, this popular sugar substitute could potentially lead to the development of drugs capable of combating aggressive, difficult-to-treat cancers with fewer side effects.

"It never ceases to amaze me how a simple molecule, such as saccharin—something many people put in their coffee everyday—may have untapped uses, including as a possible lead compound to target aggressive cancers," says Robert McKenna, PhD, who is at the Univ. of Florida. "This result opens up the po...

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