Found: 49 non-cancer drugs that can kill cancer cells

A new screening approach enables rapid testing of existing drugs on hundreds of cancer cell lines

US researchers, who tested the cancer-fighting properties of more than 4500 non-cancer drugs, have found almost 50 that show at least some cancer-killing ability in the lab.

Biotechnology laboratory

Published in Nature Cancer, the work is the largest yet to use the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Broad Institute Drug Repurposing Hub, a collection of samples of more than 6000 drugs and compounds that are either approved by the US FDA or have gone through early-stage clinical trials proving they are