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Israel “cures’ Cancer?

I was Facebook stalking a friend and I saw that she posted a link to this article about a vaccine for cancer that would help rid the body of mutated cells and also help prevent the mutation of cells. It works with the body’s T-cells which means that it would not have the usual side effects of current cancer medications and treatments.

I can’t tell if this is true or not, or what truths there are to be found between the lines. What do you guys think about this? Do you think it is going to work? Is this just another rogue journalists who is trying to make a name for herself? As far as I know, I haven’t seen this article or news about this vaccine anywhere else… Most of the news we get about Israel is not about science, which gives the article a unique perspective on Israel today.

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  1. November 20, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I’m not sold on this “cure” for cancer. Cancer is, by definition, unchecked and unimpeded cellular growth to the point where the deformed and dysfunctional cells overtake the normally functioning cells. Every time a cell divides, undergoes mitosis or meiosis, part of its cellular code, called a telomere, breaks off. The length of a cell’s telomere determines how many times a particular cell can divide before it simply dies off. The longer the telomere, the more times a cell can divide. In cancer cells however, the cells’ telomeres do not permanently break apart, they regrow, allowing the cell to, theoretically, divide an infinite number of times. Cancer is thus a mutation of normal cell(s) and is not an invading foreign entity like a bacterium or virus. Thus to say that a specific drug is a cure for cancer would imply that scientists have developed a means to prevent cells from being mutated into a cancerous form.

    I am by no means an oncologist or any form of expert on cancer, but it seems to me that claiming to have developed a drug that can regulate cellular mutation is a lofty claim. If it works then there are people with seemingly hopeless cases that may now have some hope. But I think that there should be more investigating into this “cure” to see if it really can eliminate cancerous growth.

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