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Scientists Successfully Destroy Cancer with Gene Therapy

Gadgehit writes: "Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and Perelman School of Medicine have managed to successfully destroy cancerous tumours for the first time in 20 years with gene therapy."

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gaffyh4636d ago

This is some really exciting research, hopefully something good comes out of it because it looks very promising based on early results.

Kurylo3d4636d ago

something good has already come of it. 3 people are cured of cancer.

jony_dols4635d ago

'Gene therapy has had a bumpy 20-year history of seemingly curing patients with various diseases, only to later cause side effects as bad if not worse than the original disease. Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old with a rare liver disease died in 1999 during a gene therapy experiment, halting one of the first human clinical trials for gene therapy. In another experiment, French boys with a rare immune disorder known as “bubble boy disease” seemed to be successfully treated with gene therapy until 2002 when they developed leukaemia (ironically, the disease treated in the newest research) as a side effect.

Gene therapy is tricky partly because to make it work in all of the cells in the body, it requires a vehicle to carry and proliferate it. A virus is the most efficient thing scientists have found so far. And even though they try to alter the virus to make it harmless, sometimes it still does damage, which is what led to Gelsinger’s death.'

frelyler4636d ago

Promising yes, but what drug company wants to cure cancer when they can treat it and make billions more. Sad thought I know, but unfortunately it's true. An effective "cure" is a long ways off. Political backstabbing, pay offs, and even "hits" are nothing that is not in the play book of multinational drug corporations to keep on "treating" people. You can call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but having known someone who was actively working on a cure 15 years ago I can attest to it's truth. He was told essentially to stop trying so hard because if a cure was found it would never see the light of day. The entire pharmacology and drug company world needs a good old fashioned enema.

gaffyh4636d ago (Edited 4636d ago )

It should be illegal really, especially for medicines. I remember reading about a laser razor that would keep you shaven for 6 months, and nothing came of it, so it seems like they were probably bought out by one of the razor companies. I know it's not a medicine, but a similar thing.

SpaceFox4635d ago

While I agree, if that laser razor failed it was probably because it was just far too expensive. I can't imagine anything like that being cheap.

STONEY44636d ago (Edited 4636d ago )

*sigh* And like previous discoveries before (not just in cancer), in a year there will still officially be "no cure", and the method will simply never be heard of again. Only if it makes the companies richer than they are now.

GrumpyVeteran4636d ago (Edited 4636d ago )

It is horrible to think that companies wouldn't want this sort of thing out, but it is true :(....Where would their profit go? =|

If I had the $, I'd fund all cancer research places. Oh well.

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