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Future of Biotechnology and Stem Cell Therapy

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Future of Biotechnology - articles, videos, keynote conference presentations by Futurist Physician Dr Patrick Dixon - biotech, gene therapy, stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine and anti-ageing. Clients include Genentech, GSK, Roche, Novartis, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, International Conference of Pharmaceutical Medicine, NHS, Smith and Nephew, Institute of Clinical Research.  Please note resources on related issues in Health and Pharma part of this website. Patrick Dixon has given keynotes on biotechnology related issues at events in North America, Central America, Latin America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Baltic States, Scandinavia, Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia and Asia Pacific.

 

Oncolytic Viruses - New Cure for Cancer? Facts about Oncolytic Viruses

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Video and article explaining about oncolytic viruses for a non-technical audience. We could be about to see the most dramatic advance in cancer treatment for 30 years.  A new form of treatment that is relatively easy to make, has virtually no side effects, with potential to treat a wide variety of cancers, when used in combination with more traditional treatments. That is the implication of early studies in laboratories and in humans, if all goes well in the next stages. Viruses are a common cause of cancer.  So what about creating a new virus to cure cancer?  Many natural viruses are known to be “oncolytic”. They destroy cancer cells but they damage normal, healthy tissue as well. Scientists have taken a variety of human viruses which normally cause illness, and altered their genes so that they are able to enter human cells, but cannot activate – except in cancer cells. 

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Oncolytic viruses to Treat Cancer. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Over 50 years ago, scientists noticed that people with some viral infections were sometimes cured of cancer in surprising ways.  They discovered that the viruses were able to kill cancer cells. These were called oncolytic viruses – onco means cancer, lytic means that cells burst open and die. All these oncolytic viruses made people ill, so scientists tried to make new types of virus that would be less harmful to normal cells. Then they made an extraordinary discovery:  almost all cancer cells in solid tumours work in similar ways.  They grow in an uncontrolled manner and lack all kinds of normal functions.  What if we could make a damaged virus, with useless genetic code, where the code only works if activated inside a cancer cell? Today there are many different types of oncolytic viruses that have been altered from natural viruses in the laboratory, so that they kill cancer cells, while not damaging (many) normal cells.

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Micro-dose chemo for cancer using oncolytic viruses. Cancer therapy - future healthcare

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses can target radiotherapy - micro-dose radiation to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics. Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013....

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Micro-dose radiation using oncolytic viruses. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells. Future health

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses can target radiotherapy - micro-dose radiation to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics. Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013....

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Oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells: oncolytic virus research. Future health care, chemo, oncology

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

More: http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses work to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics. Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013. Problems with traditional chemotherapy --...

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Future of MedTech - how medical technology will transform human life

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

12 ways that medical technology will transform human existence. Major innovations will come from multidisciplinary teams – world class mathematicians working with Nobel Prize – winning physiologists, nanotech engineers working with surgeons, radiologists working with pharmacists – all collaborating in a focused effort to transform lives of particular groups of patients.

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Genetic Engineering: What is Genetic Engineering?

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Genetic Engineering: What is it, how does it work, what are the limitations? Read more on the powerful, life saving and deadly potential of genetic engineering.  Watch video on Genetic Engineering.

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The Island of Bolay - Chapter 1 - novel about germ warfare, terrorist threat

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Chapter 1 of Island of Bolay - thriller by Patrick Dixon. Published originally by Harper Collins, sold in Airports and bookshops, now available on Kindle.  Germ warfare agents have fallen into terrorist hands. An air ambulance doctor is soon running for his life, after discovering the deadly truth...

Side room E4 on Elizabeth Ward was barely four metres square and packed with people in masks, gloves and green gowns: a full surgical team of Consultant, registrar and two junior doctors. The medical registrar, head of microbiology and ward sister also stood by.

Professor Richard Robbins pulled down his mask, stripped off his gloves, dropped them carefully into the yellow plastic-lined bin for biohazard waste. He removed his bifocals. No one else moved.

“Worst I've ever seen. Usually one every two or three years at the most. But four cases of necrotizing fasciitis in two weeks. What do you think Gerald?”

The microbiologist piped up from the back in faltering, hesitant speech.

“I, er, well, it is unusual to get a cluster like this - every ten or twenty years. Perhaps there is a hidden vector.”

“A carrier?  But can anyone survive such a virulent strain without it being obvious they are infected?”

“Possibly. As you know we carry strep in our throats. It lives there without a problem until the delicate balance of protection and growth is disturbed. Only then does it invade.”

“And you swabbed the throats of every person in the hospital after the last case?” asked the Professor.

“ Yes sir. No sign.”

“Do it again.”

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The Island of Bolay - Chapter 2 - novel about germ warfare, terrorist threat

Futurist Keynote Speaker: Posts, Slides, Videos - Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Chapter 2 of Island of Bolay - thriller by Patrick Dixon. Published originally by Harper Collins, sold in Airports and bookshops, now available on Kindle.  Germ warfare agents have fallen into terrorist hands. An air ambulance doctor is soon running for his life, after discovering the deadly truth...

The 10.45        Zakintos, Greece

As John Bradley hung up,  thirty year old Dr David Miller strode into the tiny office of Zakintos Island hospital, slammed the door, stuffed the stethoscope in his pocket, flung his powerful six foot frame in the chair. He threw his broad feet on the walnut desk facing the wall and pulled a cigarette.  He was sweating in the afternoon heat, angry, brown hair all over the place, dark brown-green intensely alert eyes. He tore at collar and tie and pulled out his phone.

Mark Taylor, nineteen years old yesterday, was lying in a room chock full of old men, surrounded by crowds of women in black and numbers of children. Just one nurse for the whole corridor and she spoke no English. Julia Cousins, the flight-nurse, was cleaning Mark up - it was a hellish place to be sick. Families had to do their own nursing, best as they could.

Miller tried to dial Hugh, the pilot of Air Ambulance but the phone was engaged.

The white plaster wall by his right hand showed the red flecks of dead mosquitoes.  A beautifully carved wooden icon of Christ hung from a nail by the shuttered window.  Amanda would have liked it. The room reeked of disinfectant and pipe tobacco.

Miller meddled with the unlit cigarette, broke it twice and threw it in the bin.  He threw the other six away with the empty packet. A baby cried in the corridor.  For the third time that week he vowed he would never have another smoke. He watched as his shoes shed films of dust on newspapers which lay on the desk.  He glanced at the headlines. Troops guarding the Golden Dome of Jerusalem. Ten Muslims dead at the entrance, shot by Israeli soldiers. Yet another flare-up in a bloody month which had seen more deaths in Israel than in the previous five years.  Syria and Iran piling on the pressure again.

This was routine air ambulance. Not so big a challenge after three years as an army medic. Should have been killed outright. The boy had skidded off a scooter on gravel. No helmet. No shoes. Shorts and a shirt. Just like sixteen others in the last four months. Scooters should be banned.

Coming too fast round a hairpin,  he’d swerved against a wall, bounced into the road, slid along his bare side, ended in a ditch. Several broken vertebrae, massive grazes, skin missing down right leg and arm, possible skull fracture, three broken ribs on right chest wall. Lucky to be alive.  It was immoral of these bike companies not to warn people.  They should make them take helmets as condition for insurance if nothing else.

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