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Old April 13 2012, 05:12 AM   #1
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The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/s...developed.html

Sounds like it's the most promising thing yet. Still needs to be be a lot of evaluation. Looks like we might prevent cancer even before nanotech!

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Old April 13 2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

Why would we want to prevent nanotech?
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Old April 13 2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

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Why would we want to prevent nanotech?
You really want one of Wesley Crusher's messes on our heads?
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Old April 13 2012, 05:46 PM   #4
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

OOOh, the un-intentioned mental image you just made, ewwww.
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Old April 13 2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

The first "cure for cancer" I saw in the popular science press was in 1963.
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Old April 14 2012, 12:24 AM   #6
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

This is the most promising one I've seen. It's hard to keep such news contained even though there is still a lot of testing to be done.
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Old April 21 2012, 06:10 AM   #7
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Re: The leading potential cancer cure vaccine breakthrough

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Why would we want to prevent nanotech?
Actually, a cure for cancer would be really great to have before nanotech, because nanomaterials are inherently extremely carcinogenic. If you were to pour a tube of nanoparticles on to your hand and shake it around a bit it would appear to dissolve into your hand, causing untold amounts of cellular damage along the way. They fall through cell walls like they weren't there and can shred DNA.

Nanoparticles easily aersolize and may not break down in the environment. This is extremely toxic material. Personally, I think it could be worse than nuclear radiation. Radioisotopes have half-lives. Buckyballs? We don't even know. I wouldn't say avoid them, they are the catalyst for a materials revolution, but treat them with severe respect. They have severe hazards.
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Old April 23 2012, 04:58 PM   #8
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This is the most promising one I've seen. It's hard to keep such news contained...
... when your lab hasn't produced anything newsworthy in eight months and you suddenly find yourself short on cash.
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