McDermott On Demand: Pass the Scalpel, Please
By Thomas J. McDermott, Jr.
Thomas J. McDermott, Jr.
The medical profession registered quite a shock recently when Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in Science magazine the fact that two-thirds of all cancers were caused by stem cells splitting. Cells split, of course, to reproduce. A cut on your hand heals because cells split. Cell splitting is not something the medical profession is likely to ever be able to eliminate, even if it wanted to. This means, at least superficially, that cancer will not be defeated in the near future and there may not be much hope in doing so ever.