Leave the Sharks in Peace

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 07:06:48 EDT


June 5, 2000
Shark Cartilage Is No Cancer Cure, Say Researchers

BALTIMORE, MD---Businesses that sell shark cartilage as a cancer cure or

preventative do so based on the claim that sharks never get cancer. But
scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and George Washington
University presented a detailed history of benign and malignant tumors
found in sharks and related fishes. Scientists noted that sharks could
even
get chondromas, cancers of the cartilage now being sold as a cancer
cure.
Their results come from a survey of data in the National Cancer
Institute's Registry of Tumors in Lower Animals at George Washington
University. Using very strict diagnostic criteria, scientists were able
to
find 40 cases of tumors in sharks and related fish like
skates and rays. "People are out there slaughtering sharks and taking
shark
cartilage pills based on very faulty data and no preventative studies to

show that it works," Gary Ostrander, Hopkins professor of biology and
comparative medicine, says. "That's not only giving desperate patients
false hope based on misinterpreted data, it's also taking a top-level
predator out of an ecosystem, which could cause major disruptions in the

ecosystem."

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