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Tuesday, April 15th 2008

Protection Against Radiation Exposure

Oh so reluctant of the mass media’s coverage of scientific advances. Still this drug would be lovely for those requiring radiation therapy.

Mice and monkeys injected with the drug between 45 minutes and 24 hours before being subjected to normally lethal radiation were more likely to survive or live longer than untreated animals, the researchers found.

My first thought truly was the oncogenic potential of this drug but at least according to the wire piece evidence for such has not turned up.

One risk of preventing cell death is that defective cells may be allowed to survive which could then turn cancerous.

However, the researchers found no sign of this happening in the laboratory tests on mice.

Burdelya, et al describe their results in the April 11th issue of Science. You need a subscription o read it and I’ll admit although I have access through my school, at the time of posting, I have not.