Skip to comments.Calif. HS student devises possible cancer cure
Posted on 01/13/2012 5:23:41 PM PST by Brandonmark
If you ever worry about the future of America, there is no need: it is in good hands. A high school student named Angela is proof of that. We think you'll agree she is nothing short of amazing. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman met her on the road.
Born to Chinese immigrants, 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino, California is a typical American teenager. She's really into shoes and is just learning how to drive.
But there is one thing that separates her from every other student at Monta Vista High School, something she first shared with her chemistry teacher, Kavita Gupta.
It's a research paper Angela wrote in her spare time -- and it is advanced, to say the least. Gupta says all she knows is its recipe -- for curing cancer.
"Cure for cancer -- a high school student," said Gupta. "It's just so mind-boggling. I just cannot even begin to comprehend how she even thought about it or did this."
"I just thought, 'Why not?' 'What is there to lose?'" said Angela.
When she was a freshman, she started reading doctorate level papers on bio-engineering.
"At first it was a little bit overwhelming," said Angela, "but I found that it almost became like a puzzle, being able to decode something."
By sophomore year she'd talked her way into the lab at Stanford, and by junior year was doing her own research.
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I wonder how many dollars are wrapped up in non profit groups in theory raising money to eliminate cancer? Pharmaceuticals? Cancer hospitals?
Awesome if it pans out.
Angela Zhang - will you marry me?
There! I said it first!
What a wonderful young woman!
The cure for cancer is just around the corner.
The biggest damn corner I’ve ever seen.
It sure will be awesome if she is able to do what she has set out to do!
At 17, I’m sure I wasn’t anything but a cut up in school............
This can’t be. She attends one of those crappy public high schools and we are told they are all worthless. /S
Now put her to work on the economy.
Best of luck to her in everything she does.
(Or, maybe she can go out of state.)
Way to go Angela. Prayers that you are spot on with your research.
Apparently ALL their graduates will go on to college. Here are the OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS the class of 2011 went to:
Amherst College Arizona State University Boston College Carnegie Mellon Cornell Dartmouth Drexel Duke Harvard Indiana University Johns Hopkins MIT NYU Northwestern Princeton Purdue Rhode Island School of Design Rice Tufts University of Arizona University of Chicago University of Denver University of Michigan University of Pennsylvania University of Washington Yale
Remember this list when someone tells you how great it is their kid is going to Brown, University of Virginia, North Carolina (unless he can play basketball), Texas, Texas A&M, etc.
Another “Invention” that makes you go, well why didn’t anyone try that before?
Seems quite simple when it’s explained.
LOL, the government schools had nothing to do with her excellence, that’s for sure.
Hell! Many great minds have that figured out. The problem is all the powerful, vested interests who want to keep things just the way they are.
Pretty anazing stuff!
When (hopefully this is it) a cure “gets out”, i.e., can’t be smothered by the “industry”, it will pop a large part of the healthcare bubble.
Which is why it is extremely foolish to have 25% of GDP be comprised of healthcare.
Oh, by curing cancer she's done wonders for social security.
Oh, sorry, 17%. Still high, should be somewhere around 10%, IMHO.
This has been the dream of decades; how to find a way to deliver those nasty chemotherapy poisons exclusively to the tumors on the cellular level. So it has finally been cracked.
Now the problem is all those Lefty Luddites for whom “nanoparticles” are the new DDT.
I know it’s cynical, but I expect 2 or 3 weeks we’ll rad she’s being sud by the AMA, facing charges by California by a whole slew of charges from Practicing Medicine without a License to Animal cruelty, and the IRS is auditing her and family.
I guess it’s a good thing she wasn’t aborted.
If you want more of an item, subsidize it. Our government has been doing that for 50 years.
They are, but she isn't.
Meanwhile, at the science fair:
You made a stupid lemon clock...I CURED CANCER!!!
It’ll take years to know if it works in humans — but in mice — the tumors almost completely disappeared.
Wonder how many people will suffer an agonizing death while we wait on the FDA to determine if this approach is “safe” to use on humans.
Wowser. Best of luck and much success in all your endeavors, Angela! God speed.
they will fight her because they make so much more when there isn’t a cure..........
The cancer treatment with micro particle that release cancer drug in cancer cell only is in current practice . Mr. Rudy Giuliani has been treated in that way for his prostate cancer at the beginning of his campaign for the US senator from NY(Hillary was his opponent).
The answers to the most difficult questions can be found in the most unlikely of places.
A great accomplishment for someone her age regardless. Her idea is similar to that developed by another audodidact, John Kanzius, who came up with the idea of delivering metallic nanoparticles rather than cancer drugs directly to tumor sites, and then using RF energy to destroy them without damaging nearby tissues. His method is now going into clinical testing:
Brilliant minds don’t need massive governmental programs, they just need the freedom to explore and create.
"I think it was more of a -- 'This is really cool, I want to see if it works' -- type thing," she said.
"And when you found out it did..." asked Hartman.
"That was pretty amazing."
It'll take years to know if it works in humans -- but in mice -- the tumors almost completely disappeared."
Well, that seals it. This cancer treatment will never see the light of day. Wouldn't want to endanger all those billions in cancer research grants, or inhibit the sickness industry in any way.
Priorities, you know...
I don’t know what the chemicals are, but I sure how the reaction doesn’t release any CO2 particles... California will immediately tag it with a per-molecule cap and trade carbon tax
“”The problem is all the powerful, vested interests who want to keep things just the way they are.””
Including finding a cure for cancer. Does anyone really believe this student found something that billions of dollars of research hasn’t found? It’s been found all right but will never reach the market.
Is this science fact? (I seriously don't know)
Are there "nanoparticles" that can differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells and attach themselves?
The way I'm reading this...that science/capability exists and Angela's idea is the addition of the melt-able, medicated polymer to the existing, cancer-cell-attaching-nanoparticles.
If the cancer-cell-attaching-nanoparticles don't currently exist (or are not know to be possible) then isn't this just a "wouldn't it be cool if..." story?
I hope no one steals her work. She probably doesn’t even worry about that.
I believe that Pyramid Diagnostics labs was doing something similar back in the late 80s, early 90s, but were using radioactive isotopes, rather than anti-cancer meds.
The only reason I'm aware of this is that I helped install the network at one of their locations, I believe in TN, but it's been so long I really can't recall. It was weird hearing a gieger counter clicking all the time, and the lab employees REALLY freaked when I threw a printer test page in the trash. Turns out it was marked with the radioactive symbol, and the Dept of Energy seemed to frown on that sort of thing... Nothing was actually radioactive, it's just the paper was marked with the warning symbol.
how do the nanoparticles know which cells are cancerous to attach to?
There have been two doctors that cured cancer - I know because I saw it happen to a friend - cancer gone! But, they hounded the guy out of this country (went to Canada) that came up with the cure.
The second guy that cured literally hundreds was also ran out of the country (went to Mexico.)
If this little gal gets too good at it, the medical interests will go after her just like they always do.
No real idea, I suspect there is a difference in proteins or some such that is exploited to mark the correct cells.
decimon, did you see this yet?
“Does anyone really believe this student found something that billions of dollars of research hasnt found?”
Bingo! That’s what I thought. Nothing new under the sun.
Good for her!
Probably not, but she got up to speed on her own. That gives her a head-start on making further progress if she decides to make a career of it.
This is why there should be less restrictions on any medical care or research. Let curiosity, ambition, and the market place take care of everything. Every cure is already here; Gd just wants us to find them all.
Here’a a link to a story from 3/10/2010 about similar research at Cornell...
Nanotech has been around for years, the idea of using cell-level identification and destruction has been for quite a while.
I’m not sure where this HS student’s work fits in.
Is CBS just babbling ? I don’t know.
Is the healthcare industry maximizing revenue ? I’m sure it is.
Will we get a very effective and low-cost complete cure someday ? Yes, I guess “someday”, though, of course, the healthcare industry would prefer to do the initial rollout of the cure in an extremely high-cost fashion.
Is there any chance we might see drastic improvements soon ? I guess there’s a chance, but the “complete cure” is at odds with the structure and dynamics of the healthcare marketplace. Consequently, the “complete cure” approach is not the primary focus of R & D.
If somehow the healthcare industry had it’s profitability aligned with both solution effectiveness and cost would scientific advances increase and costs decrease at astoundingly fast rates ? Yes, but first someone has to develop a working industry model that would achieve this alignment along with a transition plan, and then the industry would have to be incentivized in such a way that they would opt to make the transition.
I don't think so. I have read about the John Kanzius invention, where carbon nanotubes are heated with RF energy to kill cancer cells. The nanoparticles don't find their own way from systemic administration, they have to be manually placed on target - so that remains the challenge. Others are experimenting with things like particle shaping, antibody coating, etc. to attain the self targeting objective. That would be BIG.
Still, both of these methods (from self taught individuals no less) hold a lot of promise.