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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Let's Hope This Pans Out in Humans!

New York Times: A new method of attacking cancer cells, developed by researchers in Australia, has proved surprisingly effective in animal tests.

The method is designed to sidestep two major drawbacks of standard chemotherapy — the treatment’s lack of specificity and the fact that cancer cells often develop resistance.

In one striking use of the method, reported online Sunday in Nature Biotechnology, mice were implanted with a human uterine tumor that was highly aggressive and resistant to many drugs. All of the treated animals were free of tumor cells after 70 days of treatment; the untreated mice were dead after a month.



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