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Good News In The War Against The Cancers

26 December 2012 @ 14:41

Some very interesting progress has been made in this long battle to defeat the forces of Cancer.

From the UC Berkley News Center, Sarah Yang reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Roxeanne de Luca]:

Researchers at the UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have put the squeeze — literally — on malignant mammary cells to guide them back into a normal growth pattern.

“We are showing that tissue organization is sensitive to mechanical inputs from the environment at the beginning stages of growth and development,” said principal investigator Daniel Fletcher, professor of bioengineering at Berkeley and faculty scientist at the Berkeley Lab. “An early signal, in the form of compression, appears to get these malignant cells back on the right track.”

The latest work from Fletcher’s lab, in collaboration with Bissell’s lab, takes a major step forward by introducing the concept of mechanical rather than chemical influences on cancer cell growth. Gautham Venugopalan, a member of Fletcher’s lab, conducted the new experiments as part of his recently completed Ph.D. dissertation at UC Berkeley.

“People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies,” said Venugopalan. “When we lift weights, our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth — and reversion — of cancer cells.”

It should be noted that the researchers are not proposing the development of compression bras as a treatment for breast cancer. “Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy,” said Fletcher. “But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies.”

Let us hope that such research will not be halted once Obamacare has fully engulfed us and funding for such studies is stopped for monetary reasons.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. theebl permalink
    26 December 2012 @ 16:18 16:18

    Interesting story!

    Of course I bet there are men willing to give massages to breasts–just to err on the side of caution in beating potential caners.

  2. a-nony-mus permalink
    27 December 2012 @ 00:21 00:21

    There was another report recently on that large breasts make you smarter.

    So as I told my lovely wife: Your boobs make you smarter and playing with them keeps you healthy. Ain’t science great?

    Now for the buzzkill – what these reports mostly show is that you can “prove” whatever you want with statistics and most “studies” are BS.

    • 27 December 2012 @ 08:20 08:20

      So, what you seem to be saying is big boobs contribute less than nothing to intelligence and you’re just a pervert when it comes to performing what “science” says is a badly needed modality?

      Can I come watch when you say *that* to your beloved? :-)


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