Research into the controversial drug thalidomide reveals that the mechanism through which the drug causes limb defects is the same process which causes it to damage internal organs and other tissues. The article, published in Bio-Essays, outlines the challenges surrounding thalidomide research and claims that confirmation of a 'common mechanism' could lead to new treatments for Leprosy, Crohn's Disease, AIDS and some forms of cancer.
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- Vargesson et al. Thalidomide-induced limb defects: resolving a 50-year-old puzzle. BioEssays, 2009; 31 (12): 1327 DOI: 10.1002/bies.200900103
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