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A Seaweed Stops 99% of Cow Methane Emissions

Cows normally produce a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas, which is one reason eating less beef and dairy helps the environment. Less demand equals fewer cows and a less greenhouse gas. As some will not change dietary habits, this discovery is very interesting. Just a small amount of the sea weed Asparagopsis reduces cow’s methane emissions by 99%.

Researchers want to mass-farm a native Queensland seaweed, which stops cows burping methane, in a bid to help cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

A previous study by the CSIRO discovered adding a small amount of Asparagopsis to the cow’s diet reduced the amount of the gas the animal produced by up to 99 per cent.

It found the chemicals in the algae diminished the microbes in cows stomachs which caused them to pass air.

Associate Professor Nicholas Paul from the University of the Sunshine Coast said if enough of the algae was grown it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by 10 per cent.

“When added to cow feed at less than 2 per cent of the dry matter this particular seaweed completely knocks out methane,” he said.

(Source)

Are cows really a problem?

A dairy cow can produce up to 400 litres of methane per day! When burned, this is enough energy to power a small fridge for a day.

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How much methane does a cow produce?A single cow, on average, releases 70 to 120 kgs of methane per year. Now, it is important to remember that we’re talking about a single cow. Worldwide, there are approximately 1.5 billion cows and bulls, each emitting that much methane. That’s a lot of extremely harmful greenhouse gas! Methane is 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

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Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence. Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day (or about 26 gallons to about 53 gallons), while others say it’s up to 500 liters (about 132 gallons) a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.

(Source)

Growing and feeding this sea weed to all cows in the world seems like a great thing. It may even make their lives a bit better.

Now if only we had a sea weed gasoline additive that stopped 99% of car, truck, bus, plane and ship emissions.

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Joking Addiction, A Brain Issue

Damage to the brain’s right frontal lobe makes some people tell inappropriate jokes. Have you known someone with this condition? It’s very interesting to me what a malfunction in a certain brain area can do to a person’s behavior.

Witzelsucht (German: “joking addiction”) is a set of pure and rare neurological symptoms characterized by a tendency to make puns, or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations. It makes one unable to read sarcasm. A less common symptom is hypersexuality, the tendency to make sexual comments at inappropriate times or situations. Patients do not understand that their behavior is abnormal, therefore are nonresponsive to others’ reactions. This disorder is most commonly seen in patients with frontal lobe damage, particularly right frontal lobe tumors or trauma. The disorder remains named in accordance with its reviewed definition by German neurologist Hermann Oppenheim; its first description as the less focused moria [pl] (pathologic giddiness or lunatic mood) by German neurologist Moritz Jastrowitz, was in 1888.

— Read on en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witzelsucht

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Burger King Introduces “Unhappy Meals” + Home Cooking Why and How

New fast food chain meal deals by Burger King are rolling out in a few major U.S. cities, including Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami. McDonald’s has Happy Meals and now Burger King has this honesty campaign with “Unhappy Meals” which actually has a good motive, to raise awareness about mental health.

… The initiative isn’t just a jab at McDonald’s — it’s in collaboration with the organization Mental Health America to raise awareness for Mental Health Month, which takes place during May. “While not everyone would think about pairing fast food and mental health, MHA believes in elevating the conversation in all communities in order to address mental illness Before Stage 4,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of MHA.

Stage 4 refers to the stage with the highest severity of symptoms of mental illness, which MHA describes as persistent, severe and life-threatening. MHA’s Before Stage 4 campaign works to address mental health issues before they reach that point.

Burger King released a commercial to coincide with the new boxes, in which several people having various kinds of bad days admit that it’s OK to not be OK all the time. The ad swaps Burger King’s iconic “Have it your way” slogan with “Feel your way.”

via CBS

To really increase mental and physical health and to save money, you should be cooking your own food and avoiding fast food altogether. For many people the problem is fear of cooking, not knowing what to buy or how to prepare it. Others haven’t yet learned why home cooking has a huge pay off. What are you going to do with the time you “save” from eating fast food? Is it still a time savings if you must pay this saved time back later with chronic health problems?

There are a few companies that deliver healthy home cooked meals as a bridge to cooking for yourself, but these are generally not available everywhere and will cost more than doing it yourself .

If you want to start on a program that leads you through cooking your own food to improve your health, I still recommend Chris Kresser’s 14four.me program. I did it years ago and I’m still glad I did.

The program takes you through what to buy, supplies you need and how to prepare your new healthy food. I got a system down to cooking once per day at dinner where I’d make lunch for the next day at that time as well. With a quick breakfast the time investment to cook your own food can be quite affordable. It took time to find the stores with ingredients needed and to learn to prepare and adjust the recipes for my tastes, but once you have it down, it goes much faster and is a fun activity.

Put on some music as you cook, watch a show in the background, try an educational podcast. Healthy eating can be part of an enjoyable lifestyle.

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To Win, Remove Salt from Seawater Cheaply

How is it that we have deadly water shortages on a world covered mostly by water? Unfortunately, sea water kills most crops and we can’t drink it due to the high salt content. Effective large scale salt removal from of sea water could therefore save millions of lives. With climate change happening we need more than the 15,906 operational desalination plants we currently have. Did you know we had that many?

Desalinating sea water is much more expensive than getting fresh water from rivers or groundwater, water recycling and water conservation, but for many places on earth, desalinating is their only option. (source)

Because only 2.5 % of water on earth is fresh water and since most of that is inaccessible, trapped in snow fields and icebergs, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people. (Source)

Worldwide, some 700 million people don’t have access to enough clean water. In 10 years the number is expected to explode to 1.8 billion. In many places, squeezing fresh water from the ocean might be the only viable way to increase the supply.

Cleaning up ocean water easier said than done, but mega scale desalination plants have been operating for years. In one example:

[A company called] Sorek will profitably sell water to the Israeli water authority for 58 U.S. cents per cubic meter (1,000 liters, or about what one person in Israel uses per week), which is a lower price than today’s conventional desalination plants can manage. What’s more, its energy consumption is among the lowest in the world for large-scale desalination plants.

Via TechReview

The Sorek plant is currently ranked number 4 in the world, producing fresh water at a rate of 624,000 m3/day.

A cost of 58 cents per cubic meter is quite good, but can we do even better?

The average price of water in the United States is about $1.50 for 1,000 gallons. At that price, a gallon of water costs less than one penny. (Source)

There are 3.79 cubic meters in 1,000 gallons, so $2.20 is the cost to make 1,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water with the Sorek reverse osmosis process. A sea water source can match the average price of water in the USA if made desalination can be made 70 cents cheaper per 1,000 gallons.

How might this be done? Graphene filters may be part of the answer.

A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater. …  The promising graphene oxide sieve could be highly efficient at filtering salts, and will now be tested against existing desalination membranes.

It has previously been difficult to manufacture graphene-based barriers on an industrial scale. Reporting their results in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, scientists from the University of Manchester, led by Dr Rahul Nair, shows how they solved some of the challenges by using a chemical derivative called graphene oxide.

…”To make it permeable, you need to drill small holes in the membrane. But if the hole size is larger than one nanometre, the salts go through that hole. You have to make a membrane with a very uniform less-than-one-nanometre hole size to make it useful for desalination. It is a really challenging job.”

Graphene oxide membranes have already proven their worth in sieving out small nanoparticles, organic molecules and even large salts. But until now, they couldn’t be used to filter out common salts, which require even smaller sieves. …

When common salts are dissolved in water, they always form a “shell” of water molecules around the salt molecules.

This allows the tiny capillaries of the graphene-oxide membranes to block the salt from flowing through along with the water.

“Water molecules can go through individually, but sodium chloride cannot. It always needs the help of the water molecules. The size of the shell of water around the salt is larger than the channel size, so it cannot go through,” said Dr Nair. …

By 2025 the UN expects that 14% of the world’s population will encounter water scarcity. As the effects of climate change continue to reduce urban water supplies, wealthy modern countries are also investing in desalination technologies.
Current desalination plants around the world use polymer-based membranes. …

read more BBC

In 2019 we have 15,906 operational desalination plants on earth generating about 95.37 million cubic meters of useable water per day. (Source). That’s 25.19 billon US liquid gallons of water per day.

Number one in terms of production is the Ras Al Khair Power and Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia, producing fresh water at a rate of 1,036,000 m3/day. (Source) That’s 273,682,246 US liquid gallons of water per day.

The Ras Al Khair plant – the largest combined power and desalination facility in the world – includes multi stage flash and seawater reverse osmosis desalination and deploys the largest membrane plant in the Gilf of Oman. It also uses dissolved air flotation pre- treatment in converting more than 1 billion litres of seawater into potable water each day.

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If we consider need at 100 litres of water per person per day, the world wide demand for 8 billion people is roughly 800 billion liters or 211 billion gallons of water per day. Our 15,906 desalination plants create about 25 billion of that daily need now, about 11.8%.

The bottom line: We need breakthroughs to increase fresh water production enough to sustain projected growth and to buffer larger swings in water availability due to climate change. The cheapest potable water producers will win big time.

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Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol.

…[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years of probation and added an extra requirement: He ordered her to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children to deter her from using drugs or alcohol. …

Read more UPI

I knew a psychologist who could get people out of drug addictions. Transcripts of his group therapy sessions were eye-opening.

It boiled down to admitting the drug addiction, knowing one’s personal “triggers” (things that evoke interest in doing the drug,) replacing unwanted old behaviors with new positive enjoyable ones, having day-to-day self-honesty, getting support of others who made it out, and being reminded of negative consequences of the impulsivity. Repeat as a new lifestyle until lasting change happens.

This freed people from interest in drug use long term because their identity in relation to the drug changed. They shifted from “using will-power to avoid it” to genuinely just not being interested now. Habits can be hard to break, but they do get broken every day.

More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That’s not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change.

Read more PsychologyToday

The odds are, you’ve quit a past addiction yourself.

… Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of Start Where You Are, agrees with Anne Wilson Schaef – we all are addicted to something. But she doesn’t blame it on American culture; she says it’s simply part and parcel of our human nature. Chodron explains that we are restless, irritable, and discontent – we find it impossible to just sit still and BE. So we distract ourselves with activity and entertainment: cell phones, texting, video games, iPods, TV, movies, magazines, non-stop busyness to keep us looking everywhere but inside ourselves.

Via HuffPost

If we are all addicted to something, the trick is to practice, day by day, having healthier happier habits. Meditation is often suggested because mindfulness strengthens mental muscles. Meditation helps break addictions.

Interestingly, meditation itself is a potentially addictive behavior. While it is proven make us healthier and happier, like other healthy activity such as running, use of meditation can get out of control. It usually helps us to focus in other areas of life, but we should be mindful about not overdoing it.

Do you crave meditation? Are you meditating longer than an hour at a time or more than once a day? Are you losing interest in family and friends or social activities? If so, perhaps you are experiencing an addiction to meditation. 

Via Learnreligions

It’s strange to me that there is such a thing as meditation addiction. How do you overcome it?

Direct some will power to keep from overdoing this thing that strengthens will power.

Specifically, I recommend using a timer for a few weeks to make a new healthy habit of having a good daily/weekly schedule.

In a purpose driven life, you set life goals and milestones, say during a focus retreat weekend. Plot out reasonable steps to get where you want to be, then spend appropriate time weekly working toward each of your life goals. Remove from your life all that does not align with your goals. Review and update your strategy periodically.

Vision boarding, putting inspiring pictures of your goals around you in your environment can help. Like wearing a charm bracelet with the faces of your children, images of success are a visual meditation prompt.

Visualize success. What is it for you?

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Ancient Bats Linked to Blood Cancer

Never eat a bat. What could happen is that 45 million years later, your species could still be paying for it by dying of a complicated blood cancer.

Leukaemia began in ancient bent-winged bats up to 45 million years ago, a study has found.

A blood cancer-causing virus has been found in ancient DNA traces in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments.

The discovery provides a “missing link” in the fossil record of retroviruses – a family of viruses that date back almost half a billion years. Known as a “deltaretrovirus”, human T-lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) infects 15 to 20 million people worldwide and can cause leukaemia. It has long been believed “deltaretroviruses” have infected humans since prehistoric times. But because these viruses had no “fossil record”, their deeper origins have until now remained a mystery.

Dr Robert Gifford, of Glasgow University’s centre for virus research, said: 

“The discovery of this viral sequence fills the last major gap in the fossil record of retroviruses.

“It provides a means of calibrating the timeline of interaction between deltaretroviruses and their hosts.”

The study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers conclusive evidence these viruses are between 20 and 45 million years old. …

Leukaemia is a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow. Because white blood cells are found in the lymph nodes and the spleen, leukaemia can affect them, as well as other organs in the body. …

Read more telegraph

Ancient DNA traces from the family of viruses that cause a rare type of leukaemia have been found in the genomes of bats, filling the “last major gap” in retrovirus fossil record.

Via physOrg

Just don’t ever eat a bat. Tell your friends too, even the ones you wouldn’t think would never eat a bat, just in case. The curse is long.

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Neanderthal used antibiotics and pain meds. Was Zeus a Neanderthal?

Did Neanderthal man use penicillin and painkillers? They overlapped with modern humans for thousands of years. We now know we interbread with Neanderthals. From genetic sequencing by 23andme.com, I even know my own percentage of Neanderthal ancestry. They had bigger brains, they were much stronger than modern humans, and better immune systems and eyesight.

I have a pet theory about them. I believe they were some of the “gods” in our mythology, and also the “giants in the earth” in verbal stories that later became part of the written Bible.

Genesis 6:4

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” 

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Demigods, like Gilgamesh, who were half human and half “god” were very strong. They were kings and men of great renoun. 

If you know about Ligers (male lion mates with female tiger), they dwarf tigons (female lion mates with male tiger), as well as lions and tigers. A liger is typically bigger than both of its parents. Lioness mothers have growth inhibiting genes which tigress mothers don’t. 

So it was with Neanderthal strength, perhaps. If you wanted a king, it mattered if the gene donor Neanderthal was male or female.

What about immortality? One claim is that if you remove infant mortality, our ancient ancestors lived on average about as long as we do now, 70 to 80 years. 

This is the context in which I read the following story:

Fossilized plaque, also known as dental calculus, has been found on corpses that are tens of thousands of years old. Now that scientists have the tools to analyze old plaque for pieces of ancient DNA, they can reconstruct the diet, health, and lifestyle of the dead. … 

One team recently looked at the fossilized plaque on the teeth of four Neanderthals found at two cave sites: Spy in Belgium and El Sidrón in Spain.

(Neanderthals) built tools and lit campfires. They may have decorated their bodies and buried their dead. And, according to a new study published today in Nature, they took medicine for pain and natural antibiotics for infections, and at least some of them had a plant-heavy diet.
At 42,000 to 50,000 years old, these samples represent the oldest dental plaque ever to be genetically analyzed. One of the individuals found at El Sidrón suffered from a dental abscess visible on the jawbone. He also had an intestinal parasite. That may be why he was consuming poplar – which contains pain-killing salicylic acid, the active ingredient of aspirin – as well as a natural antibiotic mold, Penicillium. Previous research had shown that Sidrón Neanderthals may have used yarrow, an astringent, and camomile, a natural anti-inflammatory, as medicinal plants.

“Apparently, Neanderthals possessed a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their various anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and seem to be self-medicating,” Alan Cooper, director of the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), said in a statement.

“The use of antibiotics would be very surprising, as this is more than 40,000 years before we developed penicillin. …

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Human species have been intelligent for a long time. I think it’s quite possible that they developed some similar technologies and made similar discoveries multiple times. Plato says as much when he talks about the lost Atlantis, that disasters have destroyed what men have built and what we have learned many times.

When I first had this theory, that ancient Neanderthal memories echoed in human written history after eons of verbal tales being passed on, I think we had not yet discovered that almost all humans today except for some sub-Saharan Africans have some Neanderthal DNA.

Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years, according to a new article. 

Via SciDaily

Perhaps one day we will generally accept that they were not dumb cave men, but a strong intelligent species of humans that went extinct for some reason. It may be that they could not adapt as well as we could. We used dogs, for example, to hunt and I don’t think they ever did. My other theory is that they were smart, but not as creative, and not as able and willing to be as deceptive as our species. This may be where we get some views of the gods being of high moral character, if they were in fact Neanderthals.

So far, I’m the only person I can find on the Internet saying that Zeus may have been a real Neanderthal leader. Food for thought:

Asclepius, Greek Asklepios, Latin Aesculapius, Greco-Roman god of medicine, son of Apollo (god of healing, truth, and prophecy) and the mortal princess Coronis. The Centaur Chiron taught him the art of healing. At length Zeus (the king of the gods), afraid that Asclepius might render all men immortal, slew him with a thunderbolt.

Via Britannica

Knowing his people were competing with the humans for limited resources, Zeus may not have wanted to share the medicine of the gods with the mortals (our words for them and us.)

It would be wild if Centaurs were Homo erectus and we eventually learn that besides being sailors they rode horses, leading to Centaur myths. Erectus was around a long time and could have taught Neanderthals about medicine.

If you are a historian with a good reason that this theory of Neanderthals as our ancient memories of gods must be wrong, please let us know why it could not be so.

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New Record: For High-Heels Marathon

Few can run a 6 hour 4 minute marathon and only one person so far has done so in high heels. This fast fashionable feet feat recently won one Christelle Doyhambehere a place in the Guinness World Records. She accomplished this at the Paris marathon a few days ago, with a time of 6:04:07.

Christelle Doyhambehere, 34, of Pau, smashed the record previously set at the Chattanooga, Tenn., marathon by U.S. woman Irene Sewell, who ran the 26.2 miles in 7:27:53.

Read more: UPI

Yes, there’s a record for high-heeled marathon running. And when Doyhambehere ran in just over six hours, she beat that record by about an hour and a half. 

Via NashvillePR

LiveStrong has this for perspective:

At a brisk pace, you might walk one mile in 20 minutes. This would take you just over 8.5 hours to walk 26 miles. Walking a 15-minute mile you would finish 26 miles in 6.5 hours, and walking a 13-minute mile would let you finish in a little over 5.5 hours.

Via LiveStrong

From all I’ve read, heard, watched and experienced I usually recommend 30 minutes to an hour of brisk walking daily. Pumping the arms vigorously while walking in place will work if you get stuck indoors.

Walking is more anti-inflammatory than running and inflammation long term can lead to cancer, so there’s some good motivation. The reason walking is more anti-inflammatory is that running generates more free radicals. Walking also moves the lymph through the body’s series of one way valves and this takes out the cellular trash of the day as well as stimulating the immune system’s healthy functions.

Accumulation of extra cellular junk is one of the seven big reasons we age, so walking daily is a powerful anti-aging medicine.

Inflammation is a necessary part of the body’s immune response, but too much inflammation can lead to disease. Chronic inflammation may contribute to diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Via MedicalNews

While running a marathon is a great accomplishment, my view is that it is not super healthy for the body. There are conflicting studies and headlines about the health benefits of distance running. Does running lengthen lifespan?

These Serious Marathoners Lived 19 Years Longer Than Average

As a longtime marathoner, cardiologist, and cardiac rehab specialist, Ben Rosin, M.D., read the “too much exercise can kill you” papers very closely when they began appearing about five years ago. …

Via RunnersWorld

Here’s an article that disagrees and says fast running is quite bad for your long term health.

Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find

A study of 1,098 runners found that those who ran the fastest were nine times more likely to die prematurely within 12 years than those who enjoyed a more sedate pace of around 5mph for two or three times a week. 

In fact, strenuous runners were as likely to die as those who did no physical activity.

Via Telegraph

Running, or sprints like high intensity training (HITT) a few times a week may be better than just walking briskly.

Have you looked at both sides of the running for health issue and reached a conclusion? Let us know.

An important thing to get daily is a variety of movement. It doesn’t have to be formal exercise or sports. Cleaning, gardening, dancing around a bit or being on your feet at work counts as well.

As to doing any of this in heels, that’s optional. While they make legs look nice and leggy, they are said to cause problems for women who wear them:

… high heels can cause some serious problems for your body. Your feet are the base of your body’smovement and posture, so high heels can affect your entire skeleton.

Read more: greatest

I wonder if Christelle would agree.

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Why Mole Rats Don’t Get Cancer + Total Cure for Human Cancer (Claim)

How do the only mammals that don’t get cancer pull off this biological trick? Scientists have figured it out and are working to use this knowledge to help fight human cancers. The trick they use is a “suicidal protein, called interferon beta” which quickly kills precancerous cells and their damaged neighbors.

… Blind mole rats  and naked mole rats–both subterranean rodents with long life spans–are the only mammals never known to develop cancer. Three years ago, Seluanov and Gorbunova determined the anti-cancer mechanism in the naked mole rat. Their research found that a specific gene–p16–makes the cancerous cells in naked mole rats hypersensitive to overcrowding, and stops them from proliferating when too many crowd together. …

Gorbunova and Seluanov made their discovery by isolating cells from blind mole rats and forcing them to proliferate in culture beyond what occurs in the animal. After dividing approximately 15-20 times, all of the cells in the culture dish died rapidly. The researchers determined that the rapid death occurred because the cells recognized their pre-cancerous state and began secreting a suicidal protein, called interferon beta. The precancerous cells died by a mechanism which kills both abnormal cells and their neighbors, resulting in a “clean sweep.”

“Not only were the cancerous cells killed off, but so were the adjacent cells, which may also be prone to tumorous behavior,” said Seluanov.

“While people don’t use the same cancer-killing mechanism as blind mole rats, we may be able to combat some cancers and prolong life, if we could stimulate the same clean sweep reaction in cancerous human cells,” said Gorbunova. …

Gorbunova believes the anti-cancer mechanism is an adaptation to subterranean life. “Blind mole rats spend their lives in underground burrows protected from predators,” said Gorbunova. “Living in this environment, they could perhaps afford to evolve a long lifespan, which includes developing efficient anti-cancer defenses.”

More: Eureka Alert

Some believe that cells become cancerous in the first place due to microbes inside the cells, which can be killed in different ways. One company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), claims to have a complete cure for cancer:

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets.

“Our cancer cure will be effective from day one, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side-effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market,” Aridor said. “Our solution will be both generic and personal.”

It sounds fantastical, especially considering that an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year, according to reports by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Further, every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death (second only to cardiovascular disease).

CEO and founder of the startup Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBI) Ilan Morad, right, with Hanan Itzhaki, the chief science officer, at their lab (Courtesy)

Then again, some highly doubt that this company can deliver:

The CEO of the company behind the research told The Times of Israel on Tuesday that it has not published its research in medical journals, as is the norm, because it “can’t afford” to do so, but that the results of its pre-clinical trials have been “very good.” Several Israeli experts contacted by The Times of Israel declined to comment on the claim, some precisely because they were not familiar with the research….

Dr. Ben Neel, director of Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, told The New York Post that “cancer is multiple diseases, and it is highly unlikely that this company has found a ‘cure’ for cancer any more than there is a single cure for infections.”

He said that “more likely, this claim is yet another in a long line of spurious, irresponsible and ultimately cruel false promises for cancer patients.”

via TimesofIs

Time will tell. Curing cancer would significantly increase human lifespans and would end a lot of suffering, so I’m for it. How about you? Should we cure cancer if we can?

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