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If you ever worry about the future of America, there is no need: it is in good hands. A high school student named Angela is proof of that. We think you'll agree she is nothing short of amazing. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman met her on the road.

Born to Chinese immigrants, 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino, California is a typical American teenager. She's really into shoes and is just learning how to drive. But there is one thing that separates her from every other student at Monta Vista High School, something she first shared with her chemistry teacher, Kavita Gupta.

It's a research paper Angela wrote in her spare time -- and it is advanced, to say the least. Gupta says all she knows is its recipe -- for curing cancer.

Source.

Sounds more like a treatment method to me, but regardless, she just won the attention of every major medical group in the country.
    
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The sensationalist media is at it again! lol. Every treatment is a magical cure to them.
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Way to think outside of the box.

Here's to hoping that this is the one... the one that actually cures it. thumb.gif
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:O amazing.
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No doubt it will cost too much and as we know, in this world the common man is no more important than a mouse to the 'big guys'.
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The sensationalist media is at it again! lol. Every treatment is a magical cure to them.

It as if people believe that cancer can be "cured" with one thing. With so many different types and the different mutations, every cancer is different.
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The sensationalist media is at it again! lol. Every treatment is a magical cure to them.

Something that would eliminate cancer IS a cure for cancer... Not saying that this article isnt poorly written, as there is very little scientific proof of anything in it, but that was not the point of the article. Instead the article is more about how an American teen has theorized a method that could potentially work and this method is currently being tested.

But go on, keep fighting the 'man' and his always sensationalist media... Oh to be a rebellious youth again.
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It as if people believe that cancer can be "cured" with one thing. With so many different types and the different mutations, every cancer is different.

Not just that, but it's not a cure, it's a new way of treating it. Her idea is basically a new way type of target specific treatment. I wonder how they expect those "nanoparticles" to target only cancer cells. All things said it really is just another sensationalist article, though her idea is probably pretty smart. I'm sure there is more to it too.
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Firstly: It's nice that we have yet another way to deal with different forms of tumours. As far as I can see, that's all this will deal with - not the other forms of cancer (such as the different blood cancers like Leukemia etc). That's good. It's also very impressive that she came up with it.

Secondly: Didn't we have something very similar, only instead of releasing medication, the nanoparticles were made of gold to heat up under (some form of) EM Waves (Microwaves?), to kill the cancer cells? I can see this being used in a lot of the same conditions that that is, only potentially with a more targetable kill area?


Still, always nice to know we've found yet another way to fight cancer. As to "curing" it... Well, I can't see that coming anytime soon.


Edit: Some information on the gold nanoparticles harvested from Google, if anyone feels like reading up on it:

Science Daily: "Using Gold Nanoparticles to Hit Cancer Where It Hurts"
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100216140402.htm

Royal Society of Chemistry: "Gold nanoparticles detect cancer"
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2009/August/19080901.asp

MIT News: "Targeting tumors using tiny gold particles"
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/gold-cancer-0504.html


Hope people find the links useful. It's roughly comparable stuff, and they go into a little more depth about using nanoparticles to combat cancer than the article in the OP - even if it is via a different method smile.gif
Edited by Korlus - 1/20/12 at 2:39pm
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As someone who's participated in national science fairs/competitions like these, its great to see so many high school students getting into research early in their career. However, I think this article is a bit misleading as the discovery is a treatment and not actually a cure to cancer. Her discovery is probably an improvement upon current work on nanoparticle cancer research because cancer-targeting nanoparticles has been a topic that's been thrown around quite a bit. Nevertheless, for winning $100,000 I wouldn't really complain rolleyes.gif

EDIT: y'all beat me to the punch haha, I believe what I was referring to was the gold nanoparticles as you mentioned Korlus.
 
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