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Researchers eliminate leukemia in mice

by C1ay / September 21, 2004 11:31 AM PDT

Scientists have corrected a flaw in cancer cells that lets them evade the normal cell-death process, and as a result they eliminated leukemia cells from mice. With this achievement, the researchers confirm that a key anti-cell-death molecule called BCL-2 is required by many types of cancer cells to survive, and that silencing it with designer drugs may prove to be an effective new avenue for cancer therapy. Using drugs to manipulate apoptosis, or ''programmed cell death'' in cancers ''is a new paradigm that hasn't been well explored yet.''


The article is a little technical but I found it to be a good read. News like this is certainly more worthy of my time than the politics of the day.

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That is really good news!
by Dragon / September 21, 2004 1:33 PM PDT

May only be a matter of time before people can benefit.

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Re: Researchers eliminate leukemia in mice
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 21, 2004 1:43 PM PDT

Hi, Clay.

It is promising, but mice (being quite short-lived) often don't show long-term effects that make some drugs too dangerous in humans. Let's hope that's not the case, but it'll take a lot of testing to know.

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