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Cancer researchers at the University of Bradford in the UK have created a treatment that only activates itself once it touches a tumor, thereby saving healthy cells from being destroyed, reports Wired UK's Duncan Geere. The drug is based on colchicine, a compound derived from the autumn crocus flower. The colchicine is attached to a string of seven amino acids that stop it from working, Geere says.

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