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A Geneticist's Cancer Crusade: The discoverer of the double-helix says the disease can be cured...
Wall Street Journal ^ | November 27, 2010 | ALLYSIA FINLEY

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...

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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 protein—interleukin-6—and 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."...

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cancer; health; jameswatson; medicine

1 posted on 11/27/2010 6:22:33 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

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.


2 posted on 11/27/2010 6:25:24 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: neverdem
There is no money to be made curing cancer.

There is lots of money to be made treating cancer.

3 posted on 11/27/2010 6:27:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


4 posted on 11/27/2010 6:34:30 PM PST by blackdog
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
There is no money to be made curing cancer.

Really?

"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!"

5 posted on 11/27/2010 6:36:56 PM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
There is no money to be made curing cancer. There is lots of money to be made treating 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.

6 posted on 11/27/2010 6:41:52 PM PST by Wolfstar (Welcome to the theater of the absurd, where every registered Republican is a "RINO.")
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To: neverdem
First, one does not "cure" cancer, one kills it.
If completely, the afflicted person is cured.

Second, Watson and Crick were thieves.


7 posted on 11/27/2010 6:59:29 PM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: Diogenesis
My understanding is that Rosalind Franklin interpreted her own diffraction data (which she kept to herself for many months) as being evidence against a helical structure.
8 posted on 11/27/2010 7:17:13 PM PST by ruination
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
There is no money to be made curing cancer.

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?

9 posted on 11/27/2010 7:39:21 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: Wolfstar
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.

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.

10 posted on 11/27/2010 7:41:53 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: Darth Reardon

Some may not want a cure, but the insurance companies (seeing the savings potential) would gladly put up seed money.


11 posted on 11/27/2010 7:50:01 PM PST by ak267
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To: neverdem

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!


12 posted on 11/27/2010 7:52:19 PM PST by Artcore
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To: Ethrane
Sometimes the level of cynicism is even too much for me to take...and I'm pretty cynical.

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.

13 posted on 11/27/2010 8:06:53 PM PST by toast
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To: toast

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.


14 posted on 11/27/2010 8:31:17 PM PST by Ethrane ("obsta principiis")
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To: Ethrane

btt


15 posted on 11/27/2010 9:11:54 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ethrane
Sometimes, I cannot believe some of the stuff I read here on FR of all places. Honestly, are you really that cynical?

You must have missed a lot of my threads, e.g. statins. I don't know if it's just cynicism.

16 posted on 11/27/2010 9:36:39 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Ethrane

“Honestly, are you really that cynical?”

The truth hurts, take your head out of the sand!


17 posted on 11/27/2010 9:46:35 PM PST by dalereed
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18 posted on 11/27/2010 9:56:13 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
"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."

Oh, I beg to differ.

19 posted on 11/27/2010 10:16:53 PM PST by Ranald S. MacKenzie (It's the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; LukeL

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.


20 posted on 11/28/2010 1:10:50 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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Thanks neverdem.


21 posted on 11/28/2010 6:34:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: neverdem

Three spots were just found on my dad’s lungs.....


22 posted on 11/29/2010 2:20:33 PM PST by diamond6 (Pray the Rosary to defeat communism and Obamacare!!)
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