New Drug Protects Against Radiation From Nuclear Bombs

July 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—U.S. and Israeli researchers have developed a new drug that provides protection from deadly radiation exposure from a nuclear bomb or a dirty bomb used in a terrorist attack. The groundbreaking treatment was researched and developed with Pentagon approval.

Researchers from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y tested the new drug on monkeys with great success. The drug was administered to monkeys exposed to radiation, all of whom survived without any side effects.

Nearly 70 percent of the monkeys who weren’t given the drug died from the effects of radiation poisoning.

Although the drug doesn’t provide 100 percent protection from the effects of radiation poisoning, it was shown to save lives. The study proved the effectiveness and safety of the drug.

Professor Andrei Gudkov together with Israeli scientist Dr. Elena Feinstein, developed the drug using proteins produced in bacteria found in the intestines to protect healthy cells from radiation exposure.

The drug also offers protection to cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the new drug in the next two years.

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