Bin Laden of cancer

May 17, 2002

This week's prize for the most strained analogy goes to the University of Warwick for its treatise entitled "Scientists identify the 'Bin Laden' of cancer-causing faulty proteins".

It states: "Fighting cancer is similar to the war against terrorism. Current cancer models suggest that a network of several cell mutations is needed to begin a cancer.

"Both terrorism and current models of cancer have complex origins that make it difficult to find simple causes or easy targets that can be tackled to solve either problem.

"Treatment of developed cancers also resembles the methods used to deal with established terrorist networks - aggressive therapies to destroy the cancer/ terrorism with high risks of damage to healthy tissue/non combatants."

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