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Cancer researchers made a groundbreaking discovery by developing a sort-of “Ultimate antibody” — a single treatment that has been shown to kill every type of cancer it was tested on.
The latest developments are based on research that began a decade ago at Stanford School of Medicine, where researchers discovered a link between cancer cells and high levels of a protein called CD47 while studying leukemia. Irving Weissman, the biologist behind the breakthrough, continued to study CD47 and found a CD47-blocking antibody that could cure some cases of leukemia by stimulating the immune system to recognize cancer cells as invaders.
Now, Weissman has established a link between CD47 and most of primary cancers that affect humans, finding that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than healthy cells. The inordinate amounts of CD47 produced by the cancer cells effectively trick the immune system into not destroying the cancer cells.
“What we’ve shown is that CD47 isn’t just important on leukemias and lymphomas,” says Weissman, according to Science magazine. “It’s on every single human primary tumor that we tested.”
Weissman and his team used that observation to develop an antibody that blocks cancer cells’ CD47, causing the body’s immune system to attack the cancerous cells.
They’ve been watching it already in the Southern Hemisphere. In March, Comet PANSTARRS should come into view for northern skywatchers. Viewing guide here.
…spotted in water sample extracted from hidden Antarctic lake.
The U.S. scientists in charge of the project to drill into Lake Whillans — known as the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or WISSARD — will be more circumspect: They’ll have to demonstrate that the green-glowing cells are truly alive and capable of growing in culture. They’ll also conduct tests to make sure that the microbes are indigenous to the lake, rather than the result of contamination from the drilling operation.
I’m too tired to expand on this, tonight, but may post some more thoughts on it, soon. For now, the implications of the potentil for life on Europa are real, and could confirm that potential life (e.g. DNA) was “dusted” throughout the solar system prior to planet formation, for example.
Put another way, if there’s life a half mile below the ice in Antarctica, life on a moon like Europa wouldn’t be surprising, at all.
The implications of DNA seeded throughout the solar system are even more thought-provoking. It *may* mean that the planets circling the star that went supernova and gave us gold had life circling it, as well.
Deep thoughts about life, mortality, and how we’ll survive the death of our own sun…
Of course, christo-fascist fundie nutbags are incapable of considering such things, “God” (in their limited view) favoring the USA, or perhaps earth, as the hot bed of growing up “God’s children” and all being so limited when it comes to the grand scheme of things…
What’s the biggest thing in the universe? That would be a cluster of quasars so large it would take a vehicle traveling at the speed of light 4 billion years to cross.
The structure, known as a Large Quasar Group, or LQG, is so massive scientists say it may challenge a fundamental principle of cosmology, laid out by Albert Einstein, which states that when viewed on a sufficiently large scale, the properties of the universe are the same for all observers.
“While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe,” astronomer Roger Clowes, with the University of Central Lancashire, said in a statement.
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Edit: Here’s another link that’s live now. Seems to update periodically, but I can’t tell which object is Toutatis. Probably the one in the middle?