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'Wrapping' GleevecŪ Fights Drug-Resistant Cancer
May 1, 2007
A study in this week's Cancer Research finds the anti-cancer drug Gleevec is far more effective against a drug-resistant strain of cancer when it wraps the target with a molecular bandage that seals out water from a critical area. The wrapping version of the drug--known as WBZ-7--was created, produced and tested by three research teams from Rice University and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
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