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Breakthrough! Accelerating Technology Cracks Cancer Code

Argonne scientist Elena Rozhkova examines brain cancer cells under a microscope.  (Laboratory @ Flickr)

Argonne scientist Elena Rozhkova examines brain cancer cells under a microscope. (Laboratory @ Flickr)

A group of international scientists may just have given humanity a Christmas present–and taken us one more step down the path of the Singularity.

Investor’s Business Daily reports that scientists have identified all of the cell changes in two forms of cancers. The investigation has produced a complete cancer gene map.

According to most scientists, this study by international scientist and the U.K.’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a game-changer. It’s effects could change not just cancer treatment, but could alter health care and the economy.

An effective treatment for cancer would save trillions of dollars. According to a Chicago economist, curing cancer, for example, would save $30 trillion. Just a one percent decrease in the mortality rate of cancer patients would save about $300 billion, the study adds.

The article reports that this is a first for medical science.

“The studies by int’l scientists and the U.K.’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are the first comprehensive descriptions of tumor cell mutations and lay bare all the genetic changes behind melanoma skin cancer and lung cancer.”

This is only the beginning, the scientists say. (Just a note, I’ll probably say “this is only the beginning” a few times in this post–the revolution is speeding up.)

“The aim now is to make maps for all cancers. The maps pave the way for tests to spot tumors earlier, and also will yield new drug targets, the BBC reported.”

This is just the beginning for accelerating medical technology. Singularity Hub, for instance, just reported about an electron microscope that’s cheap enough for home use. And we’ve talked about the lowering costs of biopsies.

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  1. December 21st, 2009 at 07:15 | #1

    Outstanding! This is great news!

    Cancer will soon disappear just like polio and a bunch of other diseases that plagued humanity.

  2. December 21st, 2009 at 14:16 | #2

    The more I read and research, the more I’m convinced that this is the tip of the tip of the snowflake on the ice berg.
    I’m starting to think that the Wealth Singularity may be a little conservative in its estimations.

  3. December 24th, 2009 at 10:16 | #3

    Oh wow! Good news indeed. Hopefully when we’re all in our late 60’s, medical science will cure many more things!

  4. October 27th, 2010 at 11:26 | #4

    I know a child who died of cancer. Though there were many treatments given to her, she still died. I hope one day, people will find a cure and this will not happen again.

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