Could tobacco hold the key to beating cancer? (Mail Online)

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The tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body.

Scientists have identified a molecule in the flower of the plant that usually fights off fungi and bacteria - and were stunned to find it also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer. Called NaD1, it works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells and rips themopen, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode.

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