Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Genetically Engineered Mice Help Destroy Cancer

Yes, let's stop the creation of these genetically engineered mice because all genetic modifications are evil.

In truth, genetic modifications can be good or bad. To object to all genetic modifications demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding about science and scientific progress.

Here's more from NyPo on these wonderful genetically modified mice:
Scientists stunned after their last-ditch option makes cancer vanish
Early trials of a potential cancer treatment in which white blood cells are modified to target certain types of the disease have been an “extraordinary” success, scientists said Monday.

In one study, 94 percent of participants suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) said their symptoms vanished completely after they were treated with the modified blood cells, known as T-cells.

In another study, 80 percent of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma responded positively to the treatment, while more than half ended up symptom-free.

“This is extraordinary,” said lead researcher Professor Stanley Riddell from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. “This is unprecedented in medicine, to be honest, to get response rates in this range in these very advanced patients.”

The treatment involves removing the T-cells from patients, tagging them with “receptor” molecules that target cancer, and putting them back into the body in an infusion. The targeting molecules, known as chimeric antigen receptors or Cars, came from specially bred genetically engineered mice....

Riddell himself said that much more work was still required, and it was not clear how long the symptom-free patients will remain in remission.

“Much like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it’s not going to be a save-all,” Riddell said, adding, “I think immunotherapy has finally made it to a pillar of cancer therapy.”



  1. All you seem to do in your posts on GMO, RW, is set up straw men. Have any of us claimed that "all genetic modifications are evil" or that genetic modification is always bad?

    For that matter you yourself say in this post that genetic modifications can be good or bad, yet you only seem to argue for the good, while ignoring the bad.

    You are being very hypocritical in your case for GMO, and while normally your arguments are reasonable and logically sound, your arguments in this case are full of fallacy.

    1. Agreed.

      Unlabeled GMO food is totally different from this.