Whoa: Israeli scientists say they’ve found a ‘complete cure for cancer,’ expect it ready in a year

I don’t think dopey bromides like “color me skeptical” are really necessary here. Obviously any claim like this is going to rise or fall on the basis of the claimant’s ability to prove it.

That said, I eagerly await the UN’s condemnation of the cure for cancer as a Zionist plot.

We’ve occasionally brought you stories like this before, and why not? Ours is a hopeful site, and we believe that wonderful things are possible. If someone had told me in 1978 that 40 years later I’d be watching a Vikings game on the beach – on my phone – I’d have figured it was either impossible or no less difficult than finding a cure for cancer. Not more important, obviously, but arguably just as complicated a proposition.

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The Israeli company in question is called Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd., and it’s led by an Israeli scientist named Dan Aridor. Not only does Aridor say his treatment will cure all cancer, he says it will be quick, inexpensive and with little to nothing in the way of side-effects.

Sound too good to be true? Of course it does, but so do most things we thought were unimaginable until they were right in front of us.

The potentially game-changing anti-cancer drug is based on SoAP technology, which belongs to the phage display group of technologies. It involves the introduction of DNA coding for a protein, such as an antibody, into a bacteriophage – a virus that infects bacteria. That protein is then displayed on the surface of the phage. Researchers can use these protein-displaying phages to screen for interactions with other proteins, DNA sequences and small molecules.

In 2018, a team of scientists won the Nobel Prize for their work on phage display in the directed evolution of new proteins – in particular, for the production of antibody therapeutics.

AEBi is doing something similar but with peptides, compounds of two or more amino acids linked in a chain. According to Morad, peptides have several advantages over antibodies, including that they are smaller, cheaper, and easier to produce and regulate.

When the company first started, Morad said, “We were doing what everyone else was doing, trying to discover individual novel peptides for specific cancers.” But shortly thereafter, Morad and his colleague, Dr. Hanan Itzhaki, decided they wanted to do something bigger.

To get started, Morad said they had to identify why other cancer-killing drugs and treatments don’t work or eventually fail. Then, they found a way to counter that effect.

For starters, most anti-cancer drugs attack a specific target on or in the cancer cell, he explained. Inhibiting the target usually affects a physiological pathway that promotes cancer. Mutations in the targets – or downstream in their physiological pathways – could make the targets not relevant to the cancer nature of the cell, and hence the drug attacking it is rendered ineffective.

In contrast, MuTaTo is using a combination of several cancer-targeting peptides for each cancer cell at the same time, combined with a strong peptide toxin that would kill cancer cells specifically. By using at least three targeting peptides on the same structure with a strong toxin, Morad said, “we made sure that the treatment will not be affected by mutations; cancer cells can mutate in such a way that targeted receptors are dropped by the cancer.”

“The probability of having multiple mutations that would modify all targeted receptors simultaneously decreases dramatically with the number of targets used,” Morad continued. “Instead of attacking receptors one at a time, we attack receptors three at a time – not even cancer can mutate three receptors at the same time.”

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Those of you who operate in the science of cancer – either as doctors or as researchers – will be in a better position than I am to assess what Morad is saying here. It doesn’t appear there have been any clinical trials on humans – although they did some experiments with mice – so at the moment this remains strictly theoretical. The theory might be fabulous, but that’s only operative until we find out of it works or not.

Since I don’t really understand the science, I’m going to talk more philosophically about this. Skepticism is natural when it comes to something like curing cancer, since mankind has been trying and failing to do it ever since we came to understand that cancer exists. Fear leads humans to eschew hope in order to avoid “setting yourself up for disappointment.”

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But as soon as your fear of disappointment motivates you more than the desire to solve the problem, you’ll never solve it. You’ve essentially come to an accommodation with cancer because, as bad as it is, hoping for a cure and coming up empty seems even worse to you.

The people who keep pursuing a cure have to reject that fear-based psychosis and keep plugging away. They have to believe that all prior failures were merely clues as to how not to solve the problem, not proof that the problem can’t be solved.

There are even people who will criticize someone like me for writing this, claiming that I am “giving people false hope.” But I am doing no such thing. I’m simply telling you that people are still trying to make this happen and there’s someone out there who thinks he may have hit paydirt. Everyone understands it’s not proven, and in this case success could prove to be illusory just as it has so many times before.

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But is the fight against cancer worth continuing to wage? Of course it is, because the lives of those who will yet contract it are worth fighting for.

You know that whole Stand Up To Cancer business? Where people stand up at ballgames and hold up signs bearing the names of those they love who are fighting cancer, or have already been lost to it? Do we mean that? Are we really serious about standing up to cancer? If so, then what does that mean apart from the determination to once and for all put an end to it?

There are lots of people all over social media making declarations like F*** Cancer, but I would rather see someone cure cancer. If AEBi thinks it’s done so, we should give them every opportunity to show that their success is for real.

And I can’t help but note where this potential breakthrough happened. The evil of the world often trains its sight on Israel, but God made His choice long ago, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if God decided the cure for cancer was going to come from amongst His own chosen people.

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