[Cell-biology] Re: Animations of a Possible Cure for Cancer
(by pils from invalid.ca)
Mon Nov 14 11:44:14 EST 2011
If you're going to target chromatids (as you would be doing in the
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kill any dividing cell. Chemotherapy does that to a certain extent,
but for very limited periods of time (and it makes the patients
VERY sick). For any prolonged period of time it would simply kill
In addition, terminally ill patients may be willing to sacrifice gametes,
but killing the megacaryocytes would be a BAD thing (not that it would
matter if you killed the dividing cells to begin with of course, as the
patient would be dead before the platelet count dropped so low as to
cause massive,letal haemorrhage).
When you say that harnessing the immune system to target surface antigens
failed, what are you referring to? We just started trying!
Or is there some precedent that I am not aware of? (entirely possible).
Targetting chromosomes is a bad idea. Nature plays to much with them,
and they already have their own very fine regulatory mechanisms.
(most cells do't survive accidental aneuploïdy already).
In addition, not all cancer cells are aneuploïd. In fact, in most cases
aneuploïdy is probably only a side-effect of the cancer cells being
"immortal" already (so accidental aneuploidy is not eliminated as it
usually is). So my opinion is that targetting aneuploid cells would
NOT cure cancer (arguably the most important flaw in the system).
Everything is worth discussing
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