Scientists have taken a huge step forward in the search for a new treatment for cancer, after discovering a 'holy grail' natural anti-cancer chemical in common soft corals.
The chemical, called eleutherobin, was previously identified in a rare coral near Australia in the 1990s, but since then scientists have been unable to find it in high enough quantities for use in a lab.
The team now hopes to recreate the soft coral in the laboratory, in the hope of producing the chemical in the large quantities needed for rigorous testing.
One day, the chemical could be used as a new tool to fight cancer, according to the team.
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