Tadpoles offer skin cancer hope
Frogs and toads have in folklore been associated with causing skin problems such as warts and moles in humans but now they could be the key to a cure for skin cancer.
Skin cancer is associated with the uncontrolled growth and movement of pigment cells and new research has thrown up a man made chemical which stops the movement of such cells in tadpoles.
This offers hope for new treatments to be developed for skin cancer in humans.
Tadpoles could hold the key to developing effective skin cancer drugs according to researchers at the University of East Anglia.
The scientists have identified a compound which blocks the movement of the pigment cells that give the tadpoles their distinctive markings.
It is the uncontrolled movement of pigment cells that causes skin cancer in both humans and frogs.
The next step, the researchers say, is to test the compound in other animals.