A Cure for All Cancers?

from the Jerusalem Post:

A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one

Cancer cells [illustrative]

Cancer cells [illustrative]. (photo credit: PIXABAY)

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets. read more

Iran, No Threat to the United States

As you read this article, just keep chanting this mantra: “Iran is a small, insignificant & isolated country. They pose no threat to us.”

From The Jerusalem Post:

HAVANA – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday both Cuba-Iranian relations and Fidel Castro were in good shape after he met with the former Cuban leader and his younger brother President Raul Castro during a one-day visit to the communist island.

He said the two countries, similarly at odds with the United States though half a world apart, were closely aligned on many issues and would continue to fight “to demand the rights of the peoples.”

“Our positions, versions, interpretations are alike, very close. We have been good friends, we are and will be, and we will be together forever. Long live Cuba,” Ahmadinejad said through an interpreter at the Havana airport as he departed for Ecuador, the final stop in his Latin American tour.

Such shows of solidarity were the main purpose of Ahmadinejad’s trip to four leftist-led countries as Iran seeks support amid rising international opposition to its nuclear activities. He visited Venezuela and Nicaragua before coming to Cuba on Wednesday.

The leader of the Islamic Republic said he discussed many different issues in a meeting with Fidel Castro, 85 and mostly retired, and that he was happy “to see commandant Fidel safe and sound.” A recent flurry of rumors on social media claimed that Castro had died.

“We see that he follows all the national and international affairs in detail and with much pleasure,” he said.

Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters his brother had met with Ahmadinejad for two hours and did most of the talking. The meeting was held on Wednesday.

“It shows that he is very well, really very well,” said the younger Castro, who succeeded his brother as president four years ago and is himself 80.

About his own talks with Ahmadinejad, Castro said, “It was a good visit, we discussed quite a lot, we analyzed quite a lot, we finished very late.”

Iran and Cuba united against sanctions

Communist Party newspaper Granma said Ahmadinejad and Raul Castro confirmed their commitment to, among other things, the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

They also reaffirmed their opposition to the “application of unilateral economic sanctions.”

Ahmadinejad’s visit came as tensions escalated following the recent imposition of new US sanctions aimed at inflicting economic damage in hopes of forcing Iran to stop its nuclear program.

Iran has said it is developing nuclear capabilities only for peaceful purposes, but the United States and its allies accuse it of wanting to create a nuclear weapon.

On Wednesday tensions rose further when an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a car bomb in Tehran that the Iranian government blamed on Israel and the United States.

Is it wrong to Cheer?

Israel declined to comment, while the United States denied any involvement.

Ahmadinejad let government officials back in Tehran do the talking about the incident while he stuck to a relatively non-controversial script in Havana.

In a speech at the University of Havana, he said Iran had done nothing to make enemies, denounced capitalism and called for a new world order based on justice and respect for all.

Live Long and Prosper, or at Least, Live Long

From the Jerusalem Post:

It may not be long before people will order a test to accurately predict how long they will live.

This could result from the discovery by a University of Glasgow team in Scotland showing that telomere length on the ends of DNA in their genes in early-life predicts lifespans.

A telomere, from the Greek words “end” and “part,” is a region of repetitive DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome and serves like a cap (aglet) on shoelaces that prevents unravelling. The telomeres protect the end of the chromosomes in the genes from breaking down or melding with chromosomes near them. Chromosome ends naturally become shorter due to cell division.

As cells divide, enzymes that duplicate DNA cannot continue this process all the way to the end of the chromosomes. If cells divided without telomeres, they would lose the ends of their chromosomes, and the vital data they contain.

While the telomeres are “chewed up” during cell division, they are rebuilt by an enzyme called telomerase reverse transcriptase. This process occurs in most plants, animals and humans, alike.

Prof. Pat Monaghan headed the Glasgow team that on Tuesday published their findings in the American Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers were the first to measure telomere length in the young and then repeatedly during the rest of their natural lives. They found telomere length in early-life is strongly predictive of the individual’s subsequent lifespan.

The researchers measured telomere lengths in small samples of blood cells taken at various ages in a group of zebra finches – small black-, white- , orange-, and gray-striped and -spotted birds – whose lifespan varied from just 210 days to almost nine years. The best predictor of longevity was the telomere length at just 25 days.

Researcher Dr. Britt Heidinger said “while there was a lot of variation among individuals in telomere length, those birds that lived longest had the longest telomeres at every measurement point.” It is known that the variation in telomere length is partly inherited, but also varies due to variation in environmental factors such as exposure to stress.

Prof. Karen B. Avraham – a leading member of the department of human molecula genetics and biochemistry at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine commented on the research.

“This discovery is a dramatic one, showing the strength of using model organisms to tell us about normal human health and disease. If a correlation between zebra finches and humans turns out to be relevant for telomere length and longevity, I predict it is a matter of time before we will all want to test the length of our telomeres,” she said. “The take-home message here should also be to reduce stress in our life from as early an age as possible – this may help us live longer.”

Monaghan also emphasized the importance of early-life conditions.

“Our study shows the great importance of processes [occurring] early in life. We now need to know more about how early life conditions can influence the pattern of telomere loss and the relative importance of inherited and environmental factors. This is the main focus of our current research,” she said.

The New Axis of Evil

Remember a few years ago, Obama said Iran & Venezuela were small & insignificant countries that pose no threat to the U.S.? Remember that?

Could it be, he was wrong?

Well, it appears there is a new Axis of Evil, or maybe just another.

The new Axis being, North Korea, Iran & Venezuela.

From The Jerusalem Post:

North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation
of UN sanctions, according to a confidential United Nations report obtained by Reuters on Saturday.

The report also said that the illicit technology transfers had “trans-shipment through a neighboring third country.” That country was China, several diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air,” the report said.

For the shipment of cargo, like arms and related materiel, whose illicit nature would become apparent on any cursory physical inspection, (North) Korea seems to prefer chartered cargo flights,” it said.

It added that the aircraft tended to fly “from or to air cargo hubs which lack the kind of monitoring and security to which passenger terminals and flights are now subject.”

Several Security Council diplomats said that China was unhappy about the report. Beijing has prevented the publication of expert panel reports on North Korea and Sudan in the past. Earlier this week, Russia took similar steps to suppress an equally damning expert panel report on Iran.

End: Post Article

Then we have this from The German Paper Die Welt:

The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.

Iran is building intermediate-range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, approved the visit, according to the report. Information was cited from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project, which amounted to “dozens of millions” of dollars.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) from America’s main South American partner, Colombia.

The clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rockets at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

End: Die Welt article

Not very clandestine anymore, I reckon.

So, let’s see if I understand this. North Korea sells the missile technology to Iran. Iran contacts Venezuela. Chavez agrees to build a missile base that can strike Iran’s enemies, say us, if Iran is attacked by, say Israel.

Like the Obama administration, I see so downside or threat to the above scenario. What could possibly go wrong? Just do what they want & no one gets hurt. It’s not as if that’s blackmail or anything. Oh wait, yes it is!

It’s sunshine & lollipops with Obama at the helm.