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Old 01-18-2012, 03:33 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Awesome news.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:21 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Commendable. Its a way to target cancer cells, ie, a delivery mechanism. Not a cure for cancer. But close enough.

I have 3 masters degrees (Microbiology, Food Technology and Biotechnology) and am currently involved in cancer research (and no, I am not a nerd for it!). For the record, cures for some cancers are available, but the nature of the disease is such that any medicine is sure to have side-effects.

Let me give you an example in layman terms. Leukaemia is caused when two proteins abl and bcr, which function normally on their own, are fused to give a bcr-abl anomaly. This is due to chromosomal translocation (philadelphia chromosome). If bcr is fused to abl, it means that abl protein production is switched on continuously, resulting in cancerous tumors.

The medicine (STI571) involves targeting abl in general and destroying all abl. Now, this not only destroys bcr-abl, but also normal abl. But since the body has alternatives to abl, it may result in containment for leukaemia with minimum side-effects.

However, for other cancers, destruction of the normal protein along with abnormal protein could impair body function. Because it is only for abl's case that your body has an alternative. For other cancers, there may be no alternatives and the protein may be essential. Hence, no standard cure for cancer.

This girl has suggested a good delivery mechanism that affects only target cells, but it remains to be seen whether it is actually practical. The reason why this doesn't automatically imply a cure is because of all the work involved in actually designing the right drug (based on VMD visualisations of protein structure, targeting the right antibody recognition sites, screening, etc.) which is very, very, and I MEAN very, difficult. And you have to do it for each type of cancer as well.

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Here's the thing, if corporations can't make money of this cure, then we aren't getting it. Cannabis can cure many cancers (scientifically proven, by the way), but as it's a natural plant, the government can't make any money of it so the same can be said about this.
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Great work from the kid. Definitely deserves a lot of credit if it does prove to be successful in humans. Even if it ends up to be a temporary fix, it is quite an achievement.
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My mom passes from leukemia 7 years ago, it's devastating to watch a loved one erode away in pain. I understand people must die. But does it have to be in a disgusting manner such as cancer?
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As someone who's lost friends and family to cancer, and has friends and family currently fighting cancer, I just have to say go fuck yourself and die.
I don't care for your losses at all and I have no reason to. People are meant to die, tryig to cure all diseases won't help matters in the long run. Overpopulation is a huge problem, but it's not the only one, curing a cancer(or cancer in general which I just dont see being possible) could just lead to certain cancer cells surviving from this treatment and becoming far more powerful and dangerous than before. That's how diseases work, they evolve and become stronger as well. That's why we can't cure the common cold or and of those diseases because everytime we have a workable cure, it adapts to the medicine and overcomes it.
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I don't care for your losses at all and I have no reason to. People are meant to die, tryig to cure all diseases won't help matters in the long run. Overpopulation is a huge problem, but it's not the only one, curing a cancer(or cancer in general which I just dont see being possible) could just lead to certain cancer cells surviving from this treatment and becoming far more powerful and dangerous than before. That's how diseases work, they evolve and become stronger as well. That's why we can't cure the common cold or and of those diseases because everytime we have a workable cure, it adapts to the medicine and overcomes it.
So why the fuck should you or anybody else care about overpopulation? Or diseases getting stronger in the future? Nice logic buddy.
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Because that is much larger issue and overpopulation would affect me and EVERYONE on Earth?
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Because that is much larger issue and overpopulation would affect me and EVERYONE on Earth?
I don't care and have no reason to.
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