Sharks Take a Bite Out of Cancer

The epigonal organ of the shark is an extra paired organ located beneath the kidneys of a shark. Team Tiburon is composed of 20 students who are aiming to isolate an anti-tumor peptide from the epigonal organ of the Bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo). The protein has been purified about 80 fold based on specific biological activity. This peptide has been found to variably inhibit the growth in 16 different lines of cancer lines with different cell types.

Dr. A.B. Bodine