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Diabetes drug 'revolutionize' cancer therapy

Postby wolfhnd on June 3rd, 2009, 9:25 pm 

Common diabetes drug may 'revolutionize' cancer therapies

Unexpected T-cell breakthrough could boost infection- and cancer-fighting treatments

Researchers at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that a widely used anti-diabetic drug can boost the immune system and increase the potency of vaccines and cancer treatments. Their findings will be published June 3 in the journal Nature.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 060209.php
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Re: Diabetes drug 'revolutionize' cancer therapy

Postby BioWizard on June 3rd, 2009, 11:46 pm 

I think it's time people get off the molecular biology craze and go back to doing some metabolic biochemistry. There's clearly a lot left to be learned, and it shouldn't be completely left to serendipity...
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Re: Diabetes drug 'revolutionize' cancer therapy

Postby wolfhnd on June 4th, 2009, 12:23 am 

I just read tonight that

According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes.


about 106,000 are from prescription drugs, according to Death by Medicine. That also is a conservative number. Some experts estimate it should be more like 200,000 because of underreported cases of adverse drug reactions.


It's obvious that the unintended consequences of prescribing to a simple concept of one drug for a single beneficial efficacy denies the complexity of biological systems.

http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html
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Re: Diabetes drug 'revolutionize' cancer therapy

Postby BioWizard on June 4th, 2009, 11:55 am 

Most of the biochemical pathways that were elucidated in the past were thought to be universal. However, after genomics kicked in, it became apparent that genes have differential expression profiles in different cells or even in the same cells at different times. That's not taking into consideration that the same catalytic job can be done by different isozymes or some combination of them in different cell types. It is clear that a new age of biochemical profiling of all these enzymatic properties is upon us. Discovering the "function" of an enzyme within a cell is not equivalent to discovering the function of that enzyme. Function where? When? In which cell type and which cellular compartment?

You want to understand biological complexity? Start here.
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