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Cure for radiation sickness found?

Medication that can protect humans against nuclear radiation may have been developed. The medication works by suppressing the "suicide mechanism" of cells hit by radiation, while enabling them to recover from the radiation-induced damages that prompted them to activate the suicide mechanism in the first place.

The ground-breaking medication, developed by Professor Andrei Gudkov Chief Scientific Officer at Cleveland BioLabs - may have far-reaching implications on the balance of power in the world, as states capable of providing their citizens with protection against radiation will enjoy a significant strategic advantage over their rivals.

For Israel, the discovery marks a particularly dramatic development that could deeply affect the main issue on the defense establishment's agenda: Protection against a nuclear attack by Iran or against "dirty bomb" attacks by terror groups.

Gudkov's discovery may also have immense implications for cancer patients by enabling doctors to better protect patients against radiation. Should the new medication enable cancer patients to be treated with more powerful radiation, our ability to fight the disease could greatly improve.

The process that led up to the medical innovation dates back to 2003, when Professor Gudkov came up with the idea of using protein produced in bacteria found in the intestine to protect cells from radiation.

Gudkov recounted an experiment he held with two groups of mice.
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We exposed both groups to lethal radioactive radiation.

All the mice in the control group died within a short period of time. A few days later, when I approached the cage with the mice that received the protein, I could see that they're ok, that they're alive. They survived. It's hard to describe the joy all of us felt. We realized that finally, after so many years and so many experiments and frustrations, we made a breakthrough that may save the lives of millions.
Prof. Gudkov published the findings of the protein experiment in Science, the world's leading scientific journal; however, the discovery of the medication was kept secret until now, while Gudkov and his associated waited for the results of two series of critical tests examining the medication's effectiveness and safety.

The first series of tests included experiments on more than 650 monkeys. Each test featured two groups of monkeys exposed to radiation, but only one group was given the medication. The radiation dosage was equal to the highest dosage sustained by humans as result of the Chernobyl mishap.

The experiment's results were dramatic: 70% of the monkeys that did not receive the cure died, while the ones that survived suffered from the various maladies associated with lethal nuclear radiation. However, the group that did receive the anti-radiation shot saw almost all monkeys survive, most of them without any side-effects. The tests showed that injecting the medication between 24 hours before the exposure to 72 hours following the exposure achieves similar results.

Another test on humans, who were given the drug without being exposed to radiation, showed that the medication does not have side-effects and is safe. Prof. Gudkov's company now needs to expand the safety tests, a process expected to be completed by mid-2010 via a shortened test track approved for bio-defense drugs. Should experiments continue at the current rate, the medication is estimated to be approved for use by the FDA within a year or two.

The company's subcontractor in Europe is already prepared to embark on mass production. Meanwhile, emergency regulations in Israel allow the government to purchase drugs on short notice, even if they are still in the process of being approved. Notably, the medication in question is not a vaccine, but rather, a preventative drug administered via one or several shots.

A large part of the revolutionary medication's development process was funded by the US Defense and Health departments, which thus far earmarked $40 million to the project. About two weeks ago, the US Defense Department announced that in light of the successful tests, it will continue to fund the project.
By netchicken: posted on 17-7-2009

Very nice. Won't stop the vaporization from the actual bomb, but it'll help with anyone down wind.

By the way, nuclear bombs may soon become obsolete, only to be used by underfunded terrorists groups (though thankfully this new medicine will limit the effectiveness of dirty bombs, and since effective nuclear bombs have proven hard to make we should be alright on that front).

What I'm talking about is something that has exponentially more destructive power, and is in fact mentioned on this site some. Anti-matter! Woot, a cubic centimeter of this bad stuff is equivellent to what, was it 1,000 hiroshima's? A million? Can't remember, I may update that bit soon, but in any case is makes bigger booms than A-Bombs, and without all that dirty planet destroying end of the world radiation going on. We could take out a country with a single bomb, and we wouldn't suffer any side effects for it! Woot!

I'm sure I can find a link to the page somewhere in that mess NC calls the military section. Probably about halfway down the page, if I remember correctly.

Edit: Found the link, here is is. Oh, and it has 10 billion times the explosive power of military grade C-4, of which a fist sized chuck could decimate a building, unlike ordinary C-4 which would simply knock down a wall. Some anti-matter the size of a sugar cube has the equivalent energy of 23 NASA space shuttles. Big stuff. Sadly, 100 billionth of a gram is worth 6 billion dollars using super-colliders, and we can't keep more than one positron in a container, since two of them repel each other so powerfully.

Most of this I found out from the post NC put up... link to it and enjoy!
By peregrine: posted on 18-7-2009

Sorry peregrine, but I don't think we would ever use anti-matter for explosives. It's simply way too valuable a substance to waste blowing things up. If anything, anti-matter should be harbored for use in space engines(a gram could produce more energy then all the nuclear reactors put together) and other things that can benefit humanity.

As for the medicine, I think that's a great step-forward. Instead of wasting money to help failing car companies we should invest it in scientists creating new drugs that benefit all of us. That's my two cents.
By mg.mikael: posted on 25-7-2009

I am surprised at the lack of media interest in this story, it should be front page news everywhere, as it has so many practical applications.

Because of that I am a little dubious over its claims, is this just a way of getting more research funding, like the infamous cold fusion "breakthrough" a few years back?
By netchicken: posted on 25-7-2009

Actually, just a few months ago scientists achieved a positive energy gain from a fusion reactor. It is now a very real possibility that we'll be powering cities with fusion soon.

By positive energy gain I mean that more energy came out of the reaction than was needed to create the reaction.
By peregrine: posted on 26-7-2009

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