getting closer every day

28Aug06

it’s been a while since i’ve done a cancer post. wow. i admit i haven’t followed developments in cancer and aids treatments nearly as much as i used to. but here’s something that caught my eye today. a chemist in illinois developed a molecule that basically gets cancer to commit suicide. the idea sounds pretty neat. there’s a protein in human cells that basically tells the cell it’s time to die. but the protein has to be triggered. it’s got to be told that it’s time. so this molecule triggers the protein. the only catch is that the protein has to be present in decent amounts. so for right now treatment is limited to people with higher levels of it. but still, it sounds promising, and was shown to be effective in human subjects.

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