Skip to comments.A Geneticist's Cancer Crusade: The discoverer of the double-helix says the disease can be cured...
Posted on 11/27/2010 6:22:28 PM PST by neverdem
The discoverer of the double-helix says the disease can be cured in his lifetime. He's 82.
'We should cure cancer," James Watson declares in a huff, and "we should have the courage to say that we can really do it." He adds a warning: "If we say we can't do it, we will create an atmosphere where we just let the FDA keep testing going so pitifully."
The man who discovered the double helix and gave birth to the field of modern genetics is now 82 years old. But he's not close to done with his life's work. He wants to win "the war on cancer," and thinks it can be won a whole lot faster than most...
Then there's Tarceva and Iressa, two drugs that inhibit the epidermal growth factor receptor that causes cancer cells to divide. But "they only work on about 10% of people," who have specific mutations in their tumors. "And they work for about a year, and then you become resistant. And we don't have anything to treat the resistant cancer with."
So this is where we now stand in the war against cancer: at our own 20-yard line with a playbook full of untested, complicated plays. But Dr. Watson is optimistic that there could be a Hail Mary: a single drug that will work on all of the deadly mesenchymal cells. All of these cells, he notes, secrete a proteininterleukin-6and in lab experiments, adding interleukin-6 to lung cancer cells that had been controlled by anti-cancer drugs made them resistant to the treatments.
Thus the key to curing cancer may be finding a drug that blocks interleukin-6. "While this would be wonderful if it turns out to be true," he says, he doesn't know if it is and he concedes, "it's not conventional wisdom."...
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Maybe I listen to too much Coast to Coast, but I do beleive the FDA does try and surpress many natural cures. Now with the government being invovled with healthcare there is an interest in dying quickly to save money. Nothing would be worse than curing cancer and adding 10+ years to the national life expectancy.
There is lots of money to be made treating cancer.
Cancer, the common cold, and heart disease are the big three dangers to our way of life if they are ever actually “cured”. We’d have to counter the headcount with an abortion stimulus bill. That and big pharma would need some bailouts.
"When the time is right for you and your partner, do you want to take a chance on a generic ED drug? Or would you rather put your trust in us, because, as you have probably heard, WE CURED FREAKING CANCER!"
That premise, of course, is true for many diseases. If they were cured, advocacy groups, various charities, pharmaceuticals, lawyers and others who make their living off disease in one way or another would all be out of jobs and millions in donations. It's a powerful conflict of interest, isn't it.
Second, Watson and Crick were thieves.
There is lots of money to be made treating cancer.
Sometimes, I cannot believe some of the stuff I read here on FR of all places. Honestly, are you really that cynical?
First, even if cancer is cured, people are still going to get sick...and, unless I'm mistaken, everyone's going to die eventually. Sometimes the level of cynicism is even too much for me to take...and I'm pretty cynical.
But I don't have a tin foil hat.
Some may not want a cure, but the insurance companies (seeing the savings potential) would gladly put up seed money.
What!?!? Looks like the caring Libs will have to put the breaks on this! Can’t have people over staying their lives!
We’ve got health care costs to keep down!
I work for a medical device company. I would gladly find another job if my product was no longer needed.
My son is also treated by a product made by my company. People don't realize many of the employees that work in these companies are also affected by the diseases they are trying to treat.
I know what you mean...it is getting ridiculous.
To see and deal with the ravages of cancer on a daily basis, then hear some asinine comment like the medical professionals don’t want to see it cured because it is potentially bad for us financially, it pisses me off.
News flash....everything in life ain’t a conspiracy.
You must have missed a lot of my threads, e.g. statins. I don't know if it's just cynicism.
“Honestly, are you really that cynical?”
The truth hurts, take your head out of the sand!
FReepmail me if you want on or off my health and science ping list.
Oh, I beg to differ.
o boy, the old “i know a guy who invented a carburetor that will let a cadillac get a hundred miles to the gallon, but GM just put it on the shelf...” angle.
Three spots were just found on my dad’s lungs.....
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