Good news, bad news in cancer research

by Caleb Reading

Via BBC news:

Good news:

A compound extracted from tangerine peel can kill certain human cancer cells, research shows.
A team from Leicester School of Pharmacy found Salvestrol Q40 was turned into a toxic compound in cancer cells, destroying them.
it proved to be 20 times more toxic to cancer cells than their healthy equivalents

Bad news:

Salvestrol 40 is a type of phytoalexin – a chemical produced by plants to repel attackers, such as insects or fungi. It is converted into a toxic compound by the P450 CYP1B1 enzyme

Which means a side affect of a drug based on Salvestrol 40 will likely be liver damage.