Fantastic Voyage

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Introduction

The "Fantastic Voyage" series of articles on GreenMedInfo will attempt to take you on a journey through the human body using video and graphical representations for a better understanding of recent research 'breakthroughs' that may be important to human health.

The quest to understand the inner workings of the human body have captivated our minds for centuries. Currently, much progress has been made and visually represented using some of the most sophisticated tools known to mankind. We are beginning to understand the placement of not only molecules, but also the arrangement of ions and how they affect the expression of DNA in real time.

In particular, carbon-oxygen hydrogen bonding in biological structure and their impact on protein and nucleic acid structure, molecular recognition and enzyme catalysis has been under appreciated in the biomedical literature. In other words, unresolved questions are being answered that have been neglected for years. Hopefully, the "Fantastic Voyage" series will provide some answers.

Recent breakthroughs in technology have enabled scientists to record the movement of ions, as well as other components of living cells such as the movement of carbon-oxygen and hydrogen within DNA, to within thousandths of a second. More importantly, devices that are able to manipulate ions are becoming affordable on the open market. Some of these devices are currently being tested in clinical trials for very aggressive types of cancer.
 

Electric Fields are used to interrupt cancer cell division in a video presented at TEDMED. Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields. Still in its infancy - and approved for only certain types of cancer - the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

What's all the fuss about electric fields?

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Specifically, low-intensity electric fields are proving to be a new therapeutic modality for solid tumors.[]

 

Trivia:

This series of articles will focus on the light, electric fields, magnetics and the elements,

 
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References 
 
 
Carbon-oxygen hydrogen bonding in biological structure and function. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23048026
 
Proteins carry out all the day-to-day processes needed for survival. If the DNA bases become damaged the associated protein may not function or in some cases, too much of a certain protein can be produced -- which might lead to cancer." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121031124900.htm
 
Alkylating agents (high intake of red or processed meat or exposure to tobacco smoke) can chemically modify the bases in DNA which can, in turn, lead to non-functional proteins being produced or indeed cancer. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121031124900.htm
 
Protecting Genes, One Molecule at a Time: Sep. 9, 2012 — An international team of scientists have shown at an unprecedented level of detail how cells prioritize the repair of genes containing potentially dangerous damage.Cells protect themselves by producing proteins that detect the damaged building blocks, cut them out and replace them with a patch of new DNA. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120909150353.htm
 
New Research Unravels How Proteins Help Repair DNA: June 23, 2009 — A person's DNA is often damaged by a number of different chemical contaminants, and if not repaired properly, it can lead to the development of cancer and other diseases. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090615171519.htm
 
Researchers Demonstrate Why DNA Breaks Down in Cancer Cells: May 4, 2011 — Damage to normal DNA is a hallmark of cancer cells. In early cancer development, cells suffer from insufficient building blocks to support normal DNA replication. It is possible to halt this by externally supplying the "building blocks," resulting in reduced DNA damage and significant lower potential of the cells to develop cancerous features. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110503133001.htm
 
Understanding Cell Organization to Tackle Cancer: Dec. 23, 2012 — Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified how cells know which way up they need to be. The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a layer of protein rich material that surrounds tissues and helps to design and shape all of our organs. Previous studies have demonstrated that the ECM sticks to the cells and guides them into the right position. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121223152622.htm

 

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