Putting Words, Images and Ideas to Work
Aug. 31, 2o12 – For this, my first entry of “Ripped from the Headlines”, a new section where I plan to drop in interesting, funny, noteworthy or just curious stories I’d read in the news, I was about to drop in an article that appeared in the UK-based Telegraph, regarding a possible breakthrough in creating sperm from a man’s skin cells — interesting in its own right — but inside that article was buried a link to another article, even more fascinating.
The second article by Alexander Masters, titled “A Virus That Kills Cancer: The Cure That’s Waiting in the Cold“, reports that, “Sitting in a refrigerator in a Swedish laboratory is what promises to be a cheap and effective cancer treatment. So why are the trials to bring it to market not going ahead?”
The article quotes Professor Magnus Essand who says that neuroendocrine tumors which are resistant to all other drugs — and which, by the way, killed Steve Jobs — were “melting away” in the laboratory mice treated with his adenovirus therapy. But for lack of funding to continue the study, further research is on hold.
Of course this situation is not unique. Many diseases go untreated for lack of funding. And, more often than not, promising cures that worked fabulously in lab animals, and which took years of work and millions of dollars to develop, fail when tested in humans. Whether the clinical trial outcome of Dr. Essand’s study will be any different, if it ever gets back off the ground, is hard to say.
But, the article was fascinating on many levels, easily understood even if you’re not a scientist, and worth the read.
And, in case you happen to have some spare cash, donations for funding are welcome.
To read the full article, click here.