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Death By Starvation

Indian researchers may have found the magic bullet—the best bet against cancer at least till gene therapy comes along

Death By Starvation
Death By Starvation
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SOME scientists are calling it the 'magic bullet'—a drug that targets cancer cells with uncanny precision. Doctors advocate more caution, but admit that they are excited by the development. Whatever it is, when news washed up from a low-profile, cash-strapped laboratory in Calcutta last week about a new cancer drug that promises to revolutionise treatment of the dreaded disease, everyone was asking the question: Is this the miracle cure?

Well, not quite, yet. But the new drug, developed by a five-member team of scientists and doctors at iacs or the Indian Association of Cultivation of Science, could easily turn out to be the most effective one ever to be made available in India. For, radiation and chemotherapy, the most handy and available weapons in combating cancer today, carpet-bomb cells, destroying cancerous and healthy ones alike. They also leave patients weak and suffering from nausea. The yet-to-be-named iacs drug, however, is a sharp-shooting weapon: it combats only the diseased or cancer cells. "If what these reports indicate is true, then this could be the wonder...
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