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Old 04-01-2013, 07:42 PM
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26 March 2013 by Andy Coghlan


WITHIN just eight days of starting a novel gene therapy, David Aponte's "incurable" leukaemia had vanished. For four other patients, the same happened within eight weeks, although one later died from a blood clot unrelated to the treatment, and another after relapsing.

The cured trio, who were all previously diagnosed with usually fatal relapses of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, have now been in remission for between 5 months and 2 years. Michel Sadelain of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, co-leader of the group that designed the trial, says that a second trial of 50 patients is being readied, and the team is looking into using the technique to treat other cancers.

The key to the new therapy is identifying a molecule unique to the surface of cancer cells, then genetically engineering a patient's immune cells to attack it. (Full Article)


A friend of mine died of Leukemia when we were in high school together. Would that he could have lived with the hope of this saving his young life.

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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Isaiah 57:1

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.


This came to mind when you mentioned your friend being taken early.
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WITHIN just eight days of starting a novel gene therapy, David Aponte's "incurable" leukaemia had vanished. For four other patients, the same happened within eight weeks, although one later died from a blood clot unrelated to the treatment, and another after relapsing.

The cured trio, who were all previously diagnosed with usually fatal relapses of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, have now been in remission for between 5 months and 2 years. Michel Sadelain of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, co-leader of the group that designed the trial, says that a second trial of 50 patients is being readied, and the team is looking into using the technique to treat other cancers.

The key to the new therapy is identifying a molecule unique to the surface of cancer cells, then genetically engineering a patient's immune cells to attack it.

A friend of mine died of Leukemia when we were in high school together. Would that he could have lived with the hope of this saving his young life.

God is great.
Experimental therapy, patients dying, further research and testing, tinkering with human genes. I see a group of highly intelligent, hardworking doctors and scientists. I donít see God.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:42 AM
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Experimental therapy, patients dying, further research and testing, tinkering with human genes. I see a group of highly intelligent, hardworking doctors and scientists. I donít see God.
You cant see what you shut your mind to.
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Experimental therapy, patients dying, further research and testing, tinkering with human genes. I see a group of highly intelligent, hardworking doctors and scientists. I donít see God.
Did someone say God cured this leukemia in eight days? If God had wanted to do it all by Himself, eight days might be long time.
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Did someone say God cured this leukemia in eight days? If God had wanted to do it all by Himself, eight days might be long time.
Grace ended her post with "God is great", something I notice in many stories about sometimes mundane events. In this case, it's something more noteworthy, but still not indicative of divine assistance.
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Grace ended her post with "God is great", something I notice in many stories about sometimes mundane events. In this case, it's something more noteworthy, but still not indicative of divine assistance.
So she did. I thought perhaps that was just something she says by habit. I didn't think it implied anything. If it did imply something, it would make me wonder if we should think God wasn't great before this gene therapy was discovered? Surely not. Surely not.
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Thanks for the info. I will send it to my cousin.

A Friend in Christ, Shalom willyah

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