Gene maps to transform scientists' work on cancer
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“secondhand smoke is a joke”
Since: Jun 09
#1 Feb 8, 2011
“Heavy smokers who get lung cancer may have tens of thousands of genetic mutations,”
NOW that has been determined in ONE smoker – how many mutations are there in a NON SMOKERS lung cancer? Are there more or less? Are mutations only relevant to smokers – don’t they occur in never smokers and if so, what causes their lung cancer, what causes their mutations?
“This is likely associated with…”–“studies suggest”
Do any current scientists ever bother with EVIDENCE or do assumptions and personal subjective interpretations suffice today?
What PROOF is there of an ‘association’- in ONE smoker? What is the basis of a ’suggestion’? Genetics is a worthwhile science BUT it must be kept in perspective .
“Smoking is the biggest single cause of lung cancer,”– this is based on STATISTICS – NOT hard science! A simple established principle applies – correlation is NOT proof of causation. Scientists have been aware of this since Doll produced the first UK study linking smoking with cancer – That was 60 years ago – and we are STILL repeating his work. Still parroting his conclusions based on statistics.
Smoking has been reducing in the developed world ever since then too, YET cancers continue to increase year on year! In USA new cases of Lung cancer increased by almost a third in eight years between 2000 and 2008. If Dolls claims were correct then some benefit MUST be observable by now – but that is NOT the case. THIS ‘SUGGESTS’ that something other than smoking is the cause.
Here’s a suggestion – concentrate on the study of cancers in NEVER SMOKERS, thereby eliminating smoking as a confounding factor and maybe, just maybe, we may discover what really causes cancer and then maybe, just maybe, we may find a cure!
It won’t happen will it?– Why; because there is too much easy money to be made in the field of anti-smoking research.(Just you try to get funding for that research and see how far you get!!) Many more non-smokers will have to die before common sense returns to medical science. While the con remains that only smokers suffer ill health then it is unlikely that any cure for many cancers will be found. It seems that anti-smoker fanaticism overrides any concern about their own and other non-smokers health?
Is the gravy train THAT good?
They also dont bother tomention the effect of infection and viruses on gene mutations in any of this as they just dont have a clue..........
#2 Feb 9, 2011
Your mother knows a bit about mutations.
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