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Huge cancer brkthrough as scientists kill cells by getting them addicted to drugs. Watch

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    Scientists have found a new way to combat cancer by getting tumour cells "addicted" to drugs that will kill them in minutes.

    The technique, called "mito-priming", has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough in the fight against the killer disease.

    Scientists at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, which is run by Cancer Research UK and closely linked to Glasgow University, developed the "significant" technique as a research tool while trying to understand how cancer cells die.

    The technique could be applied to identify new anti-cancer drugs, such as so-called "BH3-mimetics" medications, and screen their effectiveness.

    BH3-mimetics, a "very promising" new class of cancer drugs developed to specifically kill tumour cells, target a family of proteins called BCL-2 proteins, which function to keep cancer cells alive.

    While not yet in use in clinical practice, BH3-mimetic anti-cancer drugs are showing great promise in late-stage clinical trials, particularly in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

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    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...?ICID=ref_fark
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Scientists have found a new way to combat cancer by getting tumour cells "addicted" to drugs that will kill them in minutes.

    The technique, called "mito-priming", has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough in the fight against the killer disease.

    Scientists at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, which is run by Cancer Research UK and closely linked to Glasgow University, developed the "significant" technique as a research tool while trying to understand how cancer cells die.

    The technique could be applied to identify new anti-cancer drugs, such as so-called "BH3-mimetics" medications, and screen their effectiveness.

    BH3-mimetics, a "very promising" new class of cancer drugs developed to specifically kill tumour cells, target a family of proteins called BCL-2 proteins, which function to keep cancer cells alive.

    While not yet in use in clinical practice, BH3-mimetic anti-cancer drugs are showing great promise in late-stage clinical trials, particularly in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

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    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...?ICID=ref_fark
    Wow this is exciting! Is this taking over from the whole sugar starvation research?
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    (Original post by Queen Cersei)
    Wow this is exciting! Is this taking over from the whole sugar starvation research?
    I am not sure to be honest, but it is interesting.
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    Not to be a downer, but I am highly skeptical of this "huge breakthrough" - given the state of the science and medicine section of the Mirror and other mainstream newspapers, they're very likely blowing the discovery completely out of proportion. It doesn't appear that the innovative new technique, "mito-priming", has even been tested in whole organisms yet, let alone humans.

    Quite apart from anything else, I'm not sure the person who wrote the headline read the article or knows the first thing about cancer - cells don't get "infected" with it.
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    aye, that's nothing wrong. get a cell hooked on hard drugs, make it to whore itself out for it, than die from overdose or by committing suicide.
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    (Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
    Not to be a downer, but I am highly skeptical of this "huge breakthrough" - given the state of the science and medicine section of the Mirror and other mainstream newspapers, they're very likely blowing the discovery completely out of proportion. It doesn't appear that the innovative new technique, "mito-priming", has even been tested in whole organisms yet, let alone humans.

    Quite apart from anything else, I'm not sure the person who wrote the headline read the article or knows the first thing about cancer - cells don't get "infected" with it.
    http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/16...s10538_F1.html

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_442124_en.html
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Scientists have found a new way to combat cancer by getting tumour cells "addicted" to drugs that will kill them in minutes.

    The technique, called "mito-priming", has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough in the fight against the killer disease.

    Scientists at the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, which is run by Cancer Research UK and closely linked to Glasgow University, developed the "significant" technique as a research tool while trying to understand how cancer cells die.

    The technique could be applied to identify new anti-cancer drugs, such as so-called "BH3-mimetics" medications, and screen their effectiveness.

    BH3-mimetics, a "very promising" new class of cancer drugs developed to specifically kill tumour cells, target a family of proteins called BCL-2 proteins, which function to keep cancer cells alive.

    While not yet in use in clinical practice, BH3-mimetic anti-cancer drugs are showing great promise in late-stage clinical trials, particularly in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

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    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...?ICID=ref_fark
    The irony of David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Terry Wogan dying from cancer all within the space of like a week, and then the next week we figure out how to cure cancer.
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    Yeees...?
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    Thats cruel.
    Wont anyone think of the poor cells.
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    (Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
    Yeees...?
    Nothing just thought you might like a precise study than the local paper
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Nothing just thought you might like a precise study than the local paper
    Yeah, the actual scientific paper is good to have. The article on the University of Glasgow site is very similar, word-for-word, to the Mirror article, but notice that their title doesn't start with "Huge cancer breakthrough!!1!"
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    (Original post by simon_g)
    aye, that's nothing wrong. get a cell hooked on hard drugs, make it to whore itself out for it, than die from overdose or by committing suicide.
    Interestingly quite a few cancer drugs that we have now kill cancerous cells by causing them to commit suicide. All the cells in a person's body have mechanisms in place that cause them to kill themselves if they detect irreparable genetic damage. Cancer results from genetic damage, and cancer becomes a problem when, among other things, those suicidal processes are shut down. The drugs work by reactivating those chemical pathways and getting the cells to go through with it.
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    (Original post by greatguy56)
    Thats cruel.
    Wont anyone think of the poor cells.
    You won't be thinking about a damn cell's life when it's causing you anguish and threatens your being.
 
 
 
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