A Breakthrough Against Leukemia Using Altered T-Cells

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    by Donald Douglas

    I love this story, at the New York Times, "In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia": http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/h...mia-using-altered-t-cells.html?pagewanted=all
    RTWT.

    With a similar story here. Genetically Engineered T-Cells Rescue Another Leukemia Patient : 80beats
     
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    That is wonderful. The ability to engineer genetics is just started. I really hope this is one more big step to cure most cancer.
     
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    It's a good thing to use legitimate experimental medical procedures on people who are diagnosed with certain fatal diseases with permission from the patient or the legal guardian. I just hope the ambulance chasing legal profession doesn't make a career out of suing the experiments that don't work.
     
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    I'd much rather have a Manhattan project to end Cancer and Heart disease. Now that doesn't mean I'm against developing a battery that's 5 times as good as todays...I just feel that life would be improved more by this.
     
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    An experimental procedure has a temporary positive effect on a poor kid and all of a sudden we dream of "ending cancer and heart disease". Government funding is OK but often the government bureaucrats that control the funding ain't got a clue and the money goes for salaries and jobs and becomes a gigantic industry that accomplishes little or nothing. If an honest politician comes along and wants to take a look at the taxpayer funding the blackmail starts and he (or she) is accused of being callus and uncaring.
     
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    Leukemia's origins tracked back to the womb...
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    Scientists track leukaemia's origins 'back to the womb'
    8 April 2013 - Scientists say they have traced the root genetic cause of leukaemia back to early life in the womb.
     

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