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Old 08-28-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Potential Cure for Cancer and all Illnesses

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Since last April, 19 cancer patients whose liver tumors hadn’t responded to chemotherapy have taken an experimental drug. Within weeks of the first dose, it appeared to work, by preventing tumors from making proteins they need to survive. The results are preliminary yet encouraging. With a slight redesign, the drug might work for hundreds of diseases, fulfilling the promise that wonder cures like stem cells and gene therapy have failed to deliver.

The biotech company Alnylam announced in June that its drug ALN-VSP cut off blood flow to 62 percent of liver-cancer tumors in those 19 patients, by triggering a rarely used defense mechanism in the body to silence cancerous genes. Whereas conventional drugs stop disease-causing proteins, ALN-VSP uses RNA interference (RNAi) therapy to stop cells from making proteins in the first place, a tactic that could work for just about any disease. “Imagine that your kitchen floods,” says biochemist and Alnylam CEO John Maraganore. “Today’s medicines mop it up. RNAi technology turns off the faucet.”
Very interesting...
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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Sounds very interesting indeed, but how truthful is the article?
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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I dunno... just saw it and thought I'd bring it over here, lol.
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Default Re: Potential Cure for Cancer and all Illnesses

Must say while it sounds wonderful, if it really was as good and as promising as that article claims I think we'd be seeing it on all the news all over the world - I certainly haven't heard anything else about it.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:23 AM   #5
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It has the potential of cutting off healthy organs if it misfires. Treatements like this if it's anywhere near truthful will be years off.
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God I hope this is true...
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Sounds like "I am Legend"
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Potential Side Effects: Dry Mouth, Kidney problems, brain hemorrhaging, and sudden-onset Zombism. Take only as directed. You may have a craving for brains. If this happens, stay the fock away from your doctor. He doesn't want anything to do with you then.
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Sounds like a bunch of PR posturing. Even if it worked, would be decades before it is deemed safe.
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