Can A Mollusk Blood Could Cure Cancer?


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Cancer is commonly talked about due to its large influence on society. More and more people are getting cancer, causing the search for the cure to be desperately in need. So, when I stumbled upon this article about mollusk blood potentially being a cure for cancer, I had to know more.

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I found out that a protein in limpet hemolymph contains epitopes, KLH, causes a powerful immune response in humans. If cancerous spots are attached to KLH, the immune system can respond and attack the cancer. According to the CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies, "the body tolerates the cancer cell because the body believes it is a part of you" and KLH can break this tolerance in the body.

Scientists preformed experiments on rats, giving them a dose of heroin-like molecules with KLH attached. Similar to the cancer vaccine, the KLH stimulated an immune response, repressing the high from the heroin-like molecules. 

I found the process of extracting the KLH to be the most interesting. Since KLH is not easily synthesized, the giant keyhole limpets provide the best outlook. In order to extract KLH, researchers remove limpet's blood with a syringe, isolating the KLH. The limpets that are used for this process must be human raised because wild limpets die after the extraction, instead of the needed 16 weeks to recover.

Even though this type of vaccine is not fully approved, it is doing damage. In Europe and Asia, a KLH vaccine is approved to use for bladder cancer. There are high hopes for KLH vaccines in its cure for cancer, but is this really the solution?

 

Source: 

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-11/how-mollusk-blood-could-cause-cancer?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

http://www.kidport.com/reflib/science/animals/mollusks.htm

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I never heard about this but now that you mention it I hope that it does cure cancer. Having family members that are diagnosed with cancer, which means it is in my blood I certainly hope that this is a discovery that will end up benefiting everyone in society, especially the ones diagnosed. This was a great find and I'll definitely look into it now and keep track of it.

I never heard about this but now that you mention it I hope that it does cure cancer. Having family members that are diagnosed with cancer, which means it is in my blood I certainly hope that this is a discovery that will end up benefiting everyone in society, especially the ones diagnosed. This was a great find and I'll definitely look into it now and keep track of it.

I never heard about this but now that you mention it I hope that it does cure cancer. Having family members that are diagnosed with cancer, which means it is in my blood I certainly hope that this is a discovery that will end up benefiting everyone in society, especially the ones diagnosed. This was a great find and I'll definitely look into it now and keep track of it.

With every new finding on a cure for cancer, we all hope it works and I hope this does! But I wonder the negative affects from this or if there would be any. Heres another article I found on it:
http://cancerlabtechperspective.blogspot.com/2011/12/blood-from-mollusk-could-cure-cancer.html

With every new finding on a cure for cancer, we all hope it works and I hope this does! But I wonder the negative affects from this or if there would be any. Heres another article I found on it:
http://cancerlabtechperspective.blogspot.com/2011/12/blood-from-mollusk-could-cure-cancer.html

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