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Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:36 PM

GMO virus cures kid of cancer, mainstream media finally interested

Saw this at scienceblogs tonight:http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2013/06/20/its-true-kid-cured-of-cancer-with-alternative-therapy/

Basically, little girl dying of leukaemia, out of options, tries radical experimental treatment being developed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. There, researchers have genetically modified HIV to attack cancer cells.

http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2012/12/11/gmo-virus-cures-kid-of-cancer-mainstream-media-finally-interested/




NY Times story here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/health/a-breakthrough-against-leukemia-using-altered-t-cells.html?_r=0

Sid



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Reply GMO virus cures kid of cancer, mainstream media finally interested (Original post)
SidDithers Jun 2013 OP
longship Jun 2013 #1
SidDithers Jun 2013 #2
ohheckyeah Jun 2013 #3
sheshe2 Jun 2013 #4
Orrex Jun 2013 #5
Voice for Peace Jun 2013 #9
Silent3 Jun 2013 #6
geologic Jun 2013 #7
Orrex Jun 2013 #8
geologic Jun 2013 #17
mountain grammy Jun 2013 #10
wisechoice Jun 2013 #11
SidDithers Jun 2013 #12
The Straight Story Jun 2013 #13
Puzzledtraveller Jun 2013 #18
sigmasix Jun 2013 #14
jpgray Jun 2013 #15
SidDithers Jun 2013 #16
eridani Jun 2013 #19
Orrex Jun 2013 #20
eridani Jun 2013 #21
nikto Jun 2014 #23
nikto Jun 2014 #22

Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:45 PM

1. Molecular genetics is awesome.

Good science.

Thanks, Sid!

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:48 PM

2. The NY Times article provides pretty good detail of the science behind the treatment...

And how other patients in the trial responded.

I missed this story back in December. Glad ERV put up another blog post about it today.



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:51 PM

3. Amazing....

thanks for sharing.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:23 PM

4. K&R!

To Science!

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:27 PM

5. Wait--everything I've heard tells me that GMOs are bad bad bad

Now what the hell am I supposed to groupthink?

K/R!

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Response to Orrex (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:18 AM

9. you have an awesome and beautiful responsibility

 

to think for yourself. this is why the great Dog has
given us all a brain.

I mean, given us EACH a brain. not just one.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:29 PM

6. As an added benefit, many cannibals will now refuse to even try eating this kid

Nothing but free-range, organic, gluten-free non-GMO kids will do.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:37 PM

7. Wow!!! Sounds like fox news around here--

 

this isn't about GMO FOOD...

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Response to geologic (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:05 AM

8. Is anybody claiming otherwise?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 08:50 AM

17. See-

 

#9...

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:28 AM

10. Amazing story. My dad died of leukemia 55 years ago. Time to beat this.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:45 AM

11. useless argument

http://on.aol.com/video/story-of-survival--man-uses-gun-to-save-drivers-life-517595420
Gun Saves life. We should thank gun manufactures and encourage gun ownership. That is the type of argument you make.

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Response to wisechoice (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:56 AM

12. ...



Stop. You're embarrassing yourself.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 01:14 AM

13. So, like anything else in the world

There can be good and bad when it comes to research.

" According to the NYT piece, about half of the patients did not respond."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023051940
Doctors At Ohio State Witness Leukemia Breakthrough

And I get the desire to have GMO foods and call them all safe and such - but that does not mean people who don't want to rush in on such things are filled with 'woo' or are anti-science folks. You need trials, research, peer review (not paid for by big companies with a stake in such things).

How many times have we seen studies that say X is safe only to find out years later such things were wrong?

Excuse me and others if we are a tad skeptical and don't buy into the faith others have when their research is backed up and paid for by people with a financial stake in such things.

Caution and skepticism are par for the course in science - unless you have a personal/financial interest in shutting down dissenting voices.

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #13)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 08:56 AM

18. It's weird, skepticism used to be integral to scientific thinking

but now it will get you labeled "anti-science".

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 02:34 AM

14. this is so important and needed

The ability to fight cancer and other horrible diseases has been revolutionized by the effects of modern science's accuracy. Evolutionary biology is responsible for saving many lives and alleviating suffering around the world- yet the same fundamentalists continue to claim science is evil and innimical to God's creation. Antiscience fundamentalist teabaggers would have these miraculous stories stopped and further research defunded over the use of the evolutionary biology model.
I cannot stress how much this right wing antiscience lunacy can damage our future.

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 02:52 AM

15. Has there truly never been a positive story about genetic engineering in medicine until this moment?

Or is it more likely this thread is intended to stir people up who have concerns about GM crops and set them spinning?

That genetic engineering has uncontroversial and socially beneficial uses is certainly not news, and this does not mitigate the harm caused by its more controversial or pernicious uses.

This is as meaningless to a debate on GM crops as it would be to a debate on returning Fort Detrick to its original mission.

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Response to jpgray (Reply #15)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 06:44 AM

16. Thanks for the kick...nt

Sid

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Response to jpgray (Reply #15)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 09:12 AM

19. Yeppers. No difference at all between genetic engineering products confined

--to single bodies and crops spread out all over the environment, right?

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Response to eridani (Reply #19)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 09:54 AM

20. All environment-wide genetic engineering should be banned

Starting with the cultivation of+ wheat 10,000 years ago.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #20)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 03:14 AM

21. I see. Ancient Sumerians put whale DNA in wheat?

According to what archeological record?

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Response to eridani (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:29 PM

23. Good response to Orrex's BS statement

 

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:08 PM

22. GMO's can't cure cancer

 

Fracking cures cancer.

Everybody knows that!

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