Scientists make cancer cells vanish

Real science worthy of a post for a change.

Scottish scientists have made cancer tumours vanish within 10 days by sending DNA to seek and destroy the cells.

The system, developed at Strathclyde and Glasgow universities, is being hailed as a breakthrough because it appears to eradicate tumours without causing harmful side-effects. A leading medical journal has described the results so far as remarkable, while Cancer Research UK said they were encouraging.

Dr Christine Dufes, a lecturer at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and leader of the research, said: “The tumours were completely gone within 10 days. It is fantastic. When you talk about 10 days that is the time frame for curing a cold. Imagine if within 10 days you could completely make a tumour disappear.”

Of course, if this does indeed turnout to be a cure for cancer, it will remain in FDA limbo for the better part of the next century as it undergoes 5.2 billion clinical trials to ensure it doesn’t kill terminally ill cancer patients.

I hope you don’t miss the irony in that last statement.

The FDA is a criminal enterprise that has no place in our society.  Every function of the FDA could be done better by private rating agencies such as Underwriter Labs or Consumer Reports.  If people want to take a risky substance they have every right to do so without interference from the nanny State.