Experiment shows drug blocks radiation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists say they've created a drug that promises to prevent radiation damage from cancer treatment.

They say the drug could even offer an antidote during a nuclear emergency.

Researchers report a single dose of the experimental drug protected both mice and monkeys from what should have been lethal doses of radiation. A company called Cleveland Biolabs is working to bring the drug to market.

The research is still in the early stages. But many people are closely watching the project. The Defense Department and other government agencies are also helping to fund it.

A study to see if the compound is safe in people could begin as soon as this summer.

The findings are published in tomorrow's edition of the journal Science.

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