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Support for chromosomal theory of cancer found in cancers' development of drug resistance

...esearchers, each cancer is unique, and there is no magic bullet. "The mutation theory of cancer says that a limited number of genes causes cancer, so cancers should all be more or less the same," Duesberg said. The chromosomal theory, which he laid out in an article in the May 2007 issue of Scientific Am...

Frog molecule could provide drug treatment for brain tumors

...ath. It is rather like Mother Natures very own magic bullet for recognising and destroying cancer cells. It is highly specific at hunting and destroying tumour cells, is easily synthesised in the laboratory and offers great hope as a therapeutic treatment of the future. Amphinase is a version of ...

Talcum powder stunts growth of lung tumors

...ls to produce endostatin, a hormone considered the magic bullet for treating metastatic lung cancer. The UF researchers say talc is an exciting new therapeutic agent for a cancer largely considered incurable. We found, to our surprise, that talc causes tumor growth to slow down and actually decreases th...

Immune antibodies penetrate neurons to clear Alzheimer's-linked amyloid

...n." And the discovery that antibodies work their magic both inside and outside the cell could have profound implications for the investigation of other disease conditions, especially autoimmune disorders where the immune system mistakenly attacks it own tissues. "Biologists have long understood that a...

Book explores history, causes of allergy and asthma epidemic

...ocus our attention on what promises to be the next magic bullet that holds the promise of a cure-all for every ill," Mitman says. There has been no magic bullet. America's raging asthma and allergies afflictions continue unchecked from their first stirri...

Genome sequencing reveals key to viable ethanol production

...of the millions of combinations of them may be the magic mixture to break down a particular biomass. So, Wu decided to make the bacterium do the work for him. "The bacteria know how to express just the right genes to break down any particular biomass substrate, and we wanted to know how they know to turn ...

Natural fiber may take extra pounds away

...lving genetically obese rats. "It may not be the magic bullet," Reimer says, "but in all likelihood this will likely be one factor that people can change in their life to help achieve a healthy body weight. It won't cure obesity or cause people to drop half their body weight -- not even our strongest obe...

Report calls for improved monoclonal antibodies against solid tumors

...n on cancer cells, has led to their being called a magic bullet that targets only cancer cells while minimizing collateral damage to healthy tissue. That damage causes the toxicity associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In the nearly 20 years since scientists were able to create monoclonal ant...

MIT engineers probe spiders' polymer art

... apart, like taffy, between two metal plates. The magic that makes silk so strong, the researchers discovered, happens while it flows out of the spider's gland, lengthens into a filament and dries. Engineering Nature The key to spider silk is polymers. Plastics, Kevlar (used in bulletproof vests) and...

Magic marker monitors malicious movements

...of a luminous chemical which works like a gigantic magic marker. German chemical company, Lanxess, have developed a product called Rapidogen, which is invisible to the naked eye, but glows under UV light. Changes to terrain the size of a postcard can be detected using a laser-based monitoring system from a...

Fire ant-attacking fly spreading rapidly in Texas

...tball field. "No single phorid species will be a magic bullet," he says. Fire ants are not typically pests or even common in South America in large part because of harassment by the phorid flies. In the presence of these flies, ants have difficulty retrieving food, having mating flights or rescuing the...

Scientists crack genetic secrets of human egg

...ence. "Some of those genes are responsible for the magic trick that the egg has. This paper takes a peek at what genes are in the egg waiting to make these changes." Combined with sperm, the egg divides and organizes cells to ultimately create a human being. Combined with technology, the unfertilized ...

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- August 23, 2006

... have dreamed of the technological equivalent of a magic wand: Wave it over pipelines carrying the thick crude oil produced in much of the world, and the oil thins out for just a few hours. This would allow it to be pumped more easily and economically through pipelines to onshore storage tanks where it wou...

Microcapsules open in tumor cells

...a kind of "open sesame". But it didn't require any magic - just nanoparticles made of gold or silver atoms. The scientists mixed together charged metal nanoparticles along with the polymers composing the walls of the vesicle. The tumour cells absorbed the microcapsules and then the scientists aimed an infr...

Researchers discover genetics markers to help predict risk for preterm birth

...s like those of Dr. Wang and Dr. Strauss are not a magic bullet that will cure prematurity, they are crucial to our fight." Dr. Wang's research found that a genetic variant of the Prolylcarboxypeptidase gene had a significant association with preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high le...

New company will seek drugs against diabetes and cancer

...tom line. Do the flies get better? If you find the magic compound that hits everything that contributes to the disease in just the right amount so that the fly can live, then you've made true progress." Medros gives the researchers a mechanism to obtain private drug libraries, establish the effectiveness...

Surprise finding for stretched DNA

...elo Nllmann, Mai Le and Nicholas Cozzarelli. The magic of DNA replication and the transcription of genetic information into the production of proteins depends upon the mechanical properties of the double helix. This is why understanding these mechanical properties has been a scientific priority since th...

Mapping the protein world

... Nature Structural Biology in 1999 has reached the magic number of 1,000 citations in the scientific literature. This has created an incredible drive for further scientific development," Lamzin says. "The new funding gives us a push to advance the software's ability to recognise and distinguish different t...

Pomegranate juice helps keep PSA levels stable in men with prostate cancer

...esponse," Pantuck said. "We don't know if it's one magic bullet or the combination of everything we know is in this juice. My guess is that it's probably a combination of elements, rather than a single component." The levels of PSA in men immediately following treatement should be undetectable, Pantuck ...

Highlights from the June 2006 Journal of the American Dietetic Association

...ates each day (per 1,000 calories). "Obviously, no magic formula exists for weight loss," the researchers write, "but our results indicated that a diet containing more than average amounts of fiber, complex carbohydrate and fruit was associated with normal body fat stores and standard weight for height." ...

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