The Holy Grail for Cancer Therapy

Remember how sun rays wake up En Sabah Nur after millennia of deep slumber in X: Men Apocalypse? Well, a new immunotherapeutic drug has been discovered that ‘wakes up’ the immune system of metastatic pancreatic cancer patients, after it has effectively gone into hibernation as a result of the tumor. Continue reading “The Holy Grail for Cancer Therapy”

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Ground-breaking drug cocktail exterminates breast cancer tumor within 11 days

 

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A breakthrough cancer therapy destroys deadly tumors in a mere 11 days. Less than 2 weeks and the highly dreaded, life-threatening disease is uprooted.

This “astonishing” news was the outcome of a study funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by the University of Manchester and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation.

Trials showed a substantial decrease in tumor size, and in some cases, complete disappearance. Professor Nigel Bundred, professor of surgical oncology at the University of Manchester and lead researcher of this experiment admitted, “For solid tumors to disappear in 11 days is unheard of. These are mind boggling results.”  Continue reading “Ground-breaking drug cocktail exterminates breast cancer tumor within 11 days”

A Mammoth Discovery…

Creatures in the animal kingdom, from tiny ones like wasps to the largest mammals on earth, the elephants, possess characteristic defence mechanisms against one of the most deadly and, unfortunately, common illnesses: cancer.

In my previous blog post , I wrote about Brazilian wasps having a protein (Polybia-MP1) that could help fight cancer.

In this post, I focus on the descendants of the mammoth: elephants.

Now cancer patients are rarely elephants even though by convention, they should be extremely cancer-prone. The theory behind this is that every time a cell divides, the DNA divides. Every time a DNA divides, there is a chance for mutation(s), which paves the path for formation of cancerous cells. So every time a cell divides, an organism is a step closer to mutated DNA and since larger animals have more cells, theoretically they should have more chances for mutation and hence, cancer.

Therefore, the massive elephant should have cancer more often than humans. But that is not in the case.  Continue reading “A Mammoth Discovery…”

Amaz(ing)on inhabitant contributes to potential cancer therapy

http://yournewswire.com/brazilian-wasp-venom-kills-cancer-cells-could-provide-cure/
http://yournewswire.com/brazilian-wasp-venom-kills-cancer-cells-could-provide-cure/

Read an intriguing article related to my field of study, that can be accessed at: http://www.businessinsider.com/brazilian-wasp-venom-kills-cancer-cells-2015-9

It talks about the Brazilian wasp, Polybia Paulista, harbouring venom that assaults cancerous cells. The best part: it leaves normal cells alone. Doesn’t bother them. Continue reading “Amaz(ing)on inhabitant contributes to potential cancer therapy”

A spark by the hamster in the mind

http://www.dianesays.com/when-to-replace-your-herbs-and-spices/
http://www.dianesays.com/when-to-replace-your-herbs-and-spices/

My first ever blog post. As a Biotechnology major and having just started my Honors project, a hamster is slowly but continuously running on the wheel in the back of my head; generating potential ideas in biotech I could study and explore as part of my project. The spark came to me on a seemingly lazy day: a particular herb I know of. Continue reading “A spark by the hamster in the mind”