By: Joe Nicholson
A sampling of headlines and stories in which early-stage testing on lab animals fueled questionable optimism about treatments and cures for humans
YALE SCIENTISTS USE SALMONELLA TO FIGHT CANCER
“. . . discovered a novel use for deadly salmonella bacteria ? as a possible treatment for cancer . . . found to target and slow the growth of tumors in laboratory mice . . .”
Associated Press 10/15/97
DRUG COULD BLOCK HEART ENLARGEMENT . . .
“Dangerous enlargement of the heart may be preventable using a drug already on pharmacy shelves. . . . Their findings show that in mice . . .”
Dallas Morning News 4/17/98
NEW TREATMENT MAY FIGHT STAPH . . .
“A California scientist has discovered a protein that can be used to disarm dangerous staph bacteria . . . research is still in very early states. But 72% of mice . . .” Charleston Daily Mail 4/17/98
TWO DRUGS COULD PREVENT
ENLARGEMENT OF THE HEART…
“. . . show unexpected promise as treatments for enlargement of the heart, a serious condition that affects 5 million Americans, research in mice
suggests . . .” Washington Post 4/17/98
SCIENTISTS TEST GENTLER
TREATMENT FOR CANCER . . .
“. . . pinning their hopes on an experimental treatment that harnesses the natural abilities of two infectious organisms . . . in preliminary lab experiments in mice . . .”
Austin American-Statesman 3/22/98
GENE THERAPY HOLDS HOPE IN OVARIAN CANCER BATTLE
“Scientists might have one of the most effective weapons yet in the fight against deadly ovarian cancer. . . . So far the experimental treatment has reduced ovarian cancer in laboratory mice . . .
New Jersey’s The Record 2/12/98
. . . VITAMIN E IS
FOUND TO BE
“. . . against colon
cancer in mice . . . there have been no studies done on humans . . .”
Los Angeles Times 10/29/97
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