Monday, May 5, 2014

Media Ignores Korean Scientists That Successfully Kill Cancer with Magnets

Soon Censored? Korean Scientists Successfully Kill Cancer with Magnets 

In South Korea, scientists have recently used a magnetic field to get some cancer cells to self-destruct. The results have already been questioned by major pharmaceutical companies who are always quick to ridicule any natural and non drug realated intervention in the worldwide battle against cancers. Here we attempt to describe this recent potential breakthrough.

Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is a naturally occurring process in the body. It involves a controlled sequence of steps in which cells signal self termination. Apoptosis works to keep the body’s natural process of cell division in check. There are several instances in which cells may need to be destroyed – for example cells that become damaged or suffer an infection. Apoptosis is the process in which the body removes the old, defective, and infected cells without causing harm to the other cells. It works by the rejected cell responding to certain signals sent by the body by fragmenting. This leads to our immune cells consuming these damaged fragments. It is believed that when apoptosis fails, rejected cells go on to divide uncontrollably, leading to the growing of tumors.

Can Magnets Induce Apoptosis ?

Professor Jinwoo Cheon of Yonsei University, Seoul and his team of scientists have conducted experiments on bowel cancer cells using magnetic fields to actually induce apoptosis. This is achieved by attaching iron nanoparticles to antibodies, which in turn bind to the so called “receptor” molecules on tumor cells. These molecules are seen to cluster when the magnetic field is applied, which then triggers the “self-destruct” signal and thereby inducing apoptosis. In their experiment, more than half of the bowel cancer cells were destroyed when the signal for apoptopic clustering came into effect. Importantly the untreated cells remained unaffected and unharmed.

Whilst the research demonstrated that magnets can help trigger apoptosis, if the apoptosis fails, the rejected cells could divide uncontrollably and go on to develop tumors. In a related experiment, the scientists performed the same therapy on zebra fish, the results in this case were that they grew unusual tails. More trials are currently ongoing.

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