Cure for Cancer?
Cancer is a serious subject. It is a disease that is very dangerous and kills many people every year. Cancer has been the focal point of most scientific research as scientists have been searching for a cure. Unfortunately finding a cure is not as easy for cancer as it has been for other diseases. For example, a recent disease that causes scares around the world was the H1N1 virus, or the swine flu. The disease originated in Mexico, and killed thousands of people around the world. People started to panic, but scientists stepped in and were able to find a vaccine to stop the swine flu, which does not come up in peoples minds anymore because it is no longer a problem.
Recently, a scientist named Elisa Oricchio, made a thrilling discovery that could be the first step in finally finding a cure for cancer. Using genetics, Elisa was able to identify a certain gene, EPHA7, that when missing or damaged causes a lymphoma. Lymphoma is a incurable type of cancer that grows slowly, but also has the possability of turning into more aggresive and serious types of cancers. Elisa believes that with more research she may be able to create a vaccine that would be able to kill the lymphoma cells.
The problem is, many aren’t sure if this will be able to stop cancer completely. Interpreting genes may help catch cancer sooner, but it doesn’t necessarily help stop cancer from forming in the first place. This new way of looking for answers seems more like a better way to catch cancer than to actually help treat it and finally find a cure for cancer forever
So, do you think that scientists are getting closer to discovering the cure for cancer? Or that this is a catch to try and keep getting more funding from people? Do you think that this specific discovery will have any impact? Tell me what you think.