Re: A cure for the common cancer?

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 15 Mar 1997 13:13:42 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 14 Mar 1997, Max M (Not MORE... not less!) wrote:

> The method is that the take a common cold virus and encode it with 2 genes
> that stops the cell (darn another english word i can't remember)
> multiplying/splitting? The virus is used as a carrier for the gene.

Interesting. The question is how to 1) make it target the cancer cells
(the common cold virus doesn't care for (say) glial cells, so the carrier
would not look for a glioma), 2) how to get it to infect all of them
(otherwise the survivors would continue dividing, although the immune
system would now be more likely to look for them if the others were
dying) and 3) how to avoid making the changed cold virus spread (I'm not
sure it would be healthy to have such a virus around, mutations happen
all the time).

> Still looking for a way to extend my
> lifespand that doesn't require dieting,
> exercising or any other kind of hard discipline.

Develop a way of perceiving the world that makes sense to you; people who
feel connected to the world (be it through religion, marxism,
transhumanism or plain emotion) live longer and healthier than people who
feel disconnected from it.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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