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A single gene may protect its carrier against a variety of cancers, according to new research.
They found that the cancer patients were half as likely to carry the gene variants in question compared with the controls.
"People who carry these gene variants might well be protected against cancer."
Mice and humans each have about 30,000 genes, yet only 300 are unique to either organism. Both even have genes for a tail, even though it's not "switched on" in humans.
"About 99 percent of genes in humans have counterparts in the mouse," said Eric Lander, Director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genomic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Eighty percent have identical, one-to-one counterparts."
What's even more astonishing, scientists say, is that 90 percent of genes associated with disease are identical in humans and mice. Because new generations of mice are born just weeks or months apart, and because medical experiments with humans are usually not done for ethical reasons, mice have become valuable research tools.
Mistletoe extract has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to boost the immune system (see Question 3).
These extracts are not available commercially in the United States.
Originally posted by RedGolem
My first thought was if you have read any of the the conspircy about cancer research and treatment. The cure is being held back. Because there is way to much money in the treatment and research. So if this is real, what will it be meaning? Depending on how cynical you want to be about it if it makes it way to the public, then it means it is no cure at all.
See also this thread.