Catharina Svanborg says she does; it is human breast milk, and it is killing cancer cells! It has been extremely difficult to convince her science colleagues that the work she is doing is for real! Her lab is not large, and she does not qualify as a high-profile, "big scientist." Besides, her specialty is not even cancer at all but infectious disease. David Solomon, a cancer researcher at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that novel ideas in science always challenge the current paradigm. Furthermore, he said, "If this work had come from a well-known lab at the NCI, you'd have reporters calling six days to Sunday. You'd have scientists eager to collaborate. But it's coming from a small lab in a foreign country. It's like General…show more content…
1. Where is the National Cancer Institute?
The National Cancer Institute is located on the NIH campus at 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, with satellite offices in Rockville and Frederick, MD. But to be honest it is located at www.cancer.gov.
2. Why did Dr. Solomon say that novel ideas in science always challenge the current paradigms? Isn't science supposed to be about new ideas? Try to justify what he meant by his statement.
She made this statement because it is true! Everything new has the potential to challenge the status quo. Of course science is supposed to be about new ideas but in the medical field it is always tied back to money! If there is no money to be made or no money to support funding than it really does not matter what you discover, even if it where the cure to cancer. Because there is no money in curing cancer however, there are billions of dollars in treating it.
3. Why would a scientist like Dr. Svanborg be reluctant to publish too soon an idea that breast milk fights cancer?
It is science after all it cannot just be an idea, he must produce multiple studies at different locations by different credible scientists before she has a fighting chance of being found valid.
4. Why are cancer cells used in tissue cultures even when researchers are not even studying cancer?
Because of their unlimited potential of rapid reproduction and ability to thrive almost anywhere.