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tick spit kills cancer cells

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by DaFish, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. DaFish

    DaFish Well-Known Member

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    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/tick-saliva-might-cure-cancer.php


     
  2. like2god

    like2god Typical white person Luxury Box

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    Interesting, hopefully they have continued success. I just wonder who comes up with the idea to test tick spit?
     
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  3. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 Senior Member

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    Soon one tick will be included in every pack of marlboros
     
  4. Celtkin

    Celtkin <B>Webmaster</b> Luxury Box

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    Most bloodsuckers have anti-coagulants in their saliva. In the process of identifying candidate proteins in the saliva, they identified an anticoagulant protein similar (probably in sequence homology) to a protein called Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor, a protein that was known to have anti-cancer properties.

    They (or someone else) cloned the gene for that protein into an expression vector, put the vector into yeast, and purified large quantities of the protein for testing. The article below gives more detail and I am "guessing" about the rest but I believe that is what likely happened.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jWX2Bz06S-5zeg6ss1GIPWgQEiBg
     
  5. BuckeyeKing

    BuckeyeKing Wolves DYNASTY!!!!

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    Yeah that.
     
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