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In August 2009, Brazilian researchers announced that a protein called Factor X active found in the saliva of the tick proved effective in stopping the growth of certain cancer cells in laboratory mice.
- "CDC - Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Questions and Answers | Tickborne Rickettsial Diseases". Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
- "Ticks Spit Could Help Fight Cancer" redOrbit.com
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