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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

It *Seemed* Like a Good Idea... 

...At the time. But wait till it mutates. This hasn't happened yet, but as UK researchers show great promise with an engineered virus that will 'explode' cancer cells, one must be cautious. While usually pretty gung-ho about genetic therapies, today I'm feeling cranky, so I point out some reservations. Viruses mutate. It's what they do. Since I worry about one designed to deliver medicines mutating and getting loose, so a virus designed to wreak havoc on cells getting loose really bothers me!

The good cancer news today is that UNC researchers have found a crucial regulatory domain in FAK, a movement/trophic factor key to cancer cells' malignancy, and the demonstration that this domain (FERM) can be blocked is hopeful for new treatments.

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