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Cancer drug dilemma: Local doctor's research looks promising, but unlikely to attract big investors
Cancerous tumours can be shrunk without radiation by administering a drug used safely in humans for decades, says a city doctor whose research is creating a major buzz in medical circles.
But because the drug cannot be patented, pharmaceutical companies won't be eager to fund clinical trials to bring it to market, leaving the drug's future in question.
"We've succeeded in reducing tumours with a drug shown to have little side-effects in humans. You could essentially take it as a pill," said University of Alberta researcher Evangelos Michelakis.
Can this be linked to Omega 3?
Originally posted by Murphs
What North Atlantic Cod?? There is none.
I live in the North Atlantic and trying to get cod is a difficult as getting an audience with the Pope.
History of the North Atlantic cod stocks (PDF)
During the last decades, all cod stocks of the North Atlantic have been exposed to gradually rising fishing pressures due in part to improvements in technology that result in increasingly efficient fishing practices. At the same time, all stocks have experiences changing environmental conditions, which, together with increasing fishing pressures, are thought to be responsible for the historical fluctuations in stock abundances and structures. Stock sizes,
and the age and size structures of stocks have consequently been depleted. Such drastic changes in population sizes have raised concerns about potential (selective) changes in genetic composition and loss in genetic diversity. Today many of the stocks are heavily overfished and some are considered to have reached the stage of recruitment overfishing. In
this paper, we review the state of knowledge concerning the genetic composition as well as trends in landings, fishing mortality, stocks size, stock composition and recruitment among all major cod stocks in the North Atlantic.
...Even though some stocks have been closed for fishing over a decade, recovery has been slow. Recent reports have demonstrated that recovery may be delayed or prevented by changes in dominance structure where cod have been replace by smaller fish species resulting a restructuring of the total food web by a cascading effects (Frank et al., 2005). Additionally,
genetic changes associated with population collapse (as described elsewhere in this paper) may act in concert with environmental and ecosystem changes to explain the unexpected slow recovery of cod populations. Reductions in genetic variability per se impair the ability to respond to environmental changes in general. Also, selective changes of the genetic composition caused by fishing may shift the life-history characteristics of the population
away from optimal trait value under natural selection. To return to the ³ naturaltrait optimum might take a considerable number of generations. For example, model based calculations suggest that age at maturity for cod can take centuries to revert to the natural state even under a scenario of little contemporary fishing (Dieckman pers. com.).
I hate these teasers, they are obnoxious and silly..Nah, nah, nah We have a cure for bird flu' but we aren't telling you what!
...Should we do what my mother did to me and hold their nose and spoon Cod liver oil down their throats?? Yuch..No! Unless I have scientific proof that it will work but I doubt Zymetec tell us.
Originally posted by soficrow
No one is saying cod liver oil will do the trick. That's my own extrapolation. ...Zymetech is saying they found the cure in NA cod - but NOT that it's in cod liver oil. They want us to wait a few years for it while they genetically engineer a new source.
01/17/2007 | 11:56
Cod enzyme kills H5N1 virus
An Icelandic cod enzyme might be the cure for bird flu, a recent experiment, which the Icelandic company Ensímtaekni hf. took part in, indicates. In five minutes, the isolated fish enzyme killed 99 percent of H5N1 viruses.
The killer enzyme, called penzim, was extracted from the intestines of cod by Ensímtaekni and is currently being developed for beauty products and various types of medicine. The experiment on the H5N1 virus was conducted in London. Fréttabladid reports.
CEO of Ensímtaekni and biochemist Jón Bragi Bjarnason said he is very excited about the results of the bird flu experiment.
“People have feared that the bird flu virus will change into a human flu virus and now we have a likely cure in case that happens,” Bjarnason told Fréttabladid.
Bjarnason also believes that penzim might prove a cure for common flu and cold, eczema in children and arthritis
You said in a post above, Sofi that it it is only NA cod..Maybe the plankton and feeding/diet is different in that area.