August 31, 2006

Cloning & Retroviral Therapy for Cancer

By using a retrovirus to add cloned DNA to a cancer patients' own extracted immune cells, medical researchers have managed to get patients' immune systems to destroy their own tumors.

This doesn't appear to use stem cell technology, but this sort of innovation happens best in an atmosphere of scientific freedom and encouragement. The countries that do the best job of attracting the world's brightest rising science stars are going to have more discoveries of this caliber happen in their borders and that starts with a policy-level commitment to the support of science. Blocking promising research like stem cell investigations, letting hapless political hacks edit scientific reports, cutting funding for organizations like NOAA and supressing solidly investigated research conclusions isn't the way to make that happen.

If the U.S. wants to keep its research edge 10 years from now, it needs to create an environment that's attractive to up and coming scientists today.

Posted by natasha at August 31, 2006 01:01 PM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | Technorati links |