GAGS Killers are Great White dis­ease hope

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SCI­EN­TISTS will soon be us­ing killer sharks like Jaws... to save peo­ple’s LIVES!

A sub­stance in the liv­ers of Great Whites can cure ap­par­ently in­cur­able dis­eases like hep­ati­tis and dengue fever.

The com­pound, called squalamine, is part of the shark’s im­mune sys­tem. It is be­ing de­vel­oped into a drug that will save mil­lions.

Dr Michael Zasloff, from Washington DC’s Georgetown Univer­sity, said: “I was in­ter­ested in sharks be­cause of their seem­ingly prim­i­tive but ef­fec­tive im­mune sys­tem. No-one could ex­plain why the shark was so hardy. This is ex­cit­ing.”

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