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Bio-Prospecting with Sloths in Panama

VICE News meets the sloths that could cure cancer.

by VICE News
Dec 27 2014, 3:40pm

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VICE News host Thomas Morton swings from the trees with an international team of scientists in Panama that's found a promising treatment for malaria, Chagas disease and breast cancer in the most unlikely place: The mossy fur of tree sloths. It's yet another reason to not cut down rain forests. About half of all drugs brought to market from 1997-2006 came from plants, fungi and bacteria discovered by "bio-prospectors" in nature. And we see that sloths are just one of many new and unusual frontiers for this research.

(Read the study by scientist Sarah Higginbotham.)

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