"Nanopopcorn" interesting story. Can detect and destroy tumor volumes as low as 50 cells.

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   Posted 1/26/2011 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
This article talks about another nano-tech success.  I am not sure if this was done in a petri-dish or not.  I am sure it was.  I really feel nano-tech is our best chance at curing or turning cancer into a chronic desease.  It is non-toxic and actually kills the cell it touches and the best part is you can be retreated as often as you need it.  I don't understand why researchers aren't pushing this to clinic faster.  I don't know maybe it doesn't really work as well as they are boasting....
But what I am impressed about is it can find tumors as small as 50 cells.  I think at least nano-tech will eliminate the PSA test as a diagnostic tool.

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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
On second thought I am sure we will never hear of this again.
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   Posted 1/26/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
Good article. Not sure I understood the comment in the article about "as synthesized, the nanoparticles would be toxic to the body". Would like to understand that better as gold is typically not toxic to the body. Must be something in the preparation technique. Otherwise the procedure could hold some promise to advanced PCa patients. But I agree with your second post too. Almost never see any follow up on these types of articles. I read another on MSN titled "Why everything you read about Medicine is wrong". (or something like that) The article was by a doctor who said most of these types of reports were erroneous.

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   Posted 1/26/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
In order for this technique to work it needs to spread throughout the whole body searching for clumps of cells to bind against. Then the whole body needs to be irradiated in the hopes that the targeted areas will get above the 48C level to kill the cells.

In my crystal ball, I see the future of cancer treatment as a genetically modified payload inside a virus that infects all cells but damages only the nuclei of fast growing cancer cells. The virus would be designed to require a particular protein not normally found in the human body. The patient would be prepped one week before with the activation protein. That would give it time to distribute throughout the body. The virus would then be introduced and would have three days to spread and do its damaged before the protein was processed by the liver and finally excreted.

Forty years from now our grandchildren will look back at medicine today and consider it as crude and barbaric as we consider Civil War field medicine. "Just imagine! Back in 2010 they actually cut out the prostate or radiated it with Gamma rays. I'm sure glad I didn't have PCa then!"

I fully expect to be around in 2050 and will see whether or not I'm right. Anyone want to bet $50 against me?

Jeff (who sees a future so bright he has to wear shades - and a very small pee pad )

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   Posted 1/26/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
On PBS's Nova tonight, the program was about nano-technology..In the fight against cancer, bee toxin is loaded into a nano particle which is then coated with a "receptor" substance that cancer cells can't resist..The particles bind to the cancer cells and deliver the toxin..Fatal mistake for the cancer cell..Human trials start next year...

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   Posted 1/27/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
This treatment is based on gold nanoparticles and radiowaves.
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