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7/17/06

Seaweed & HPV

You know all that seaweed that washes up on beaches everywhere that could someday help prevent the virus that causes most types of cervical cancer.

In lab studies researchers from the National Cancer Institute say a seaweed extract stopped the Human Papilloma Virus from attacking cells and they say it worked about a thousand times better than other things they've tested.

It's too early to say if this will work on humans but researchers are hopeful the seaweed extract could someday be used in addition to vaccines. The study was led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute and published in Pathogens, from the Public Library of Science.

The seaweed extract is called Carrageenan.

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