Rare Metal Targeted to Destroy Cancer Cells Found in Dinosaur Killer Asteroid

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Rare Metal Targeted to Destroy Cancer Cells Found in Dinosaur Killer Asteroid
Rare Metal Targeted to Destroy Cancer Cells Found in Dinosaur Killer Asteroid

Cancer cure involves precious metal

Iridium, now combined with organic materials targets and destroys cancer cells. Iridium is the world’s densest metal. This rare transition metal is purportedly only found in earth magma and meteorites. It is very hard, shiny, does not oxidize in the air and it is the most stable metal we know. It has a melting point higher than 2400 degrees Celsius and is corrosion resistant.

According to researchers from Warwick Department of Chemistry, iridium has proven itself to be useful in the war against cancer

The metal and organic mixture grow into a sphere within a petri dish. Once infused, it is  injected deeply with a red laser light through the skin. It infuses into the tumor transferring energy into a single oxygen which kills the cell like a poison. When healthy cells accepted the same process, there was no noticeable change.

An ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry helped the researchers view individual proteins to determine more precisely how the compound attacked the cells. They found that proteins for heat shock stress and glucose metabolism reacted the most.


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Iridium Metal Targeted to Destroy Cancer Cells
Iridium Metal Targeted to Destroy Cancer Cells


The University of Warwick laboratory utilizes advanced analytical science and has the equipment to do it. The researcher and professor Hui Chao’s commented about the leap in understanding this anti-cancer compound introduces. It allows the opportunity to maneuver cancer cell resistance and attack the disease from a different angle.

The problem is, from this red laser light injection, the project is headed for development of another new drug. We have many medications for cancer some of which already contain metals. The platinum is a precious metal already an integral part of chemotherapy. Admittedly, no one understands how safe is these doses of minerals. The side effects are profoundly unknown.


This study is just one of many to impress a novel new drug

Additionally, the team would like to increase collaborative efforts between the UK and China. Joint development will, of course, increase more revenue for both chemistry department while giving intellectual credit for a new drug formula.

With the years, money, research and case studies behind us, a cure for cancer must exist. Every month breakthrough announcements claiming to be a cure for cancer or another illness are released. However, the evidence is remarkable. The statistics for curing cancer has not dropped, and more people suffer each year from the disease.


Furthermore, more study and development of new drugs perpetually bombards us with promises of a cure

Iridium remains one of the rarest metals on earth. Scientists claim the metal is abundant in meteoroids. Large amounts of iridium have allegedly discovered in the earth’s crust from many millions of years ago. The asteroids that led to the dinosaur extinction, in theory, brought iridium here.

According to The Royal Society of Chemistry, Iridium was first discovered in London in the year 1803. Dissolved platinum diluted with nitric and hydrochloric acid produced a black substance thought to be graphite. The scientist at the time, Smithson Tennant treated the residue with alkalis and acids. This treatment produced two new elements which he named iridium and osmium. These findings inevitably scream for clarity.


We are left to wonder which is true

Besides wondering where exactly iridium came from, it isn’t certain if the metals help or harm human beings. The fact that chemotherapy treatments contain platinum and haven’t shown improvements in cancer treatments, how does anyone know if adding another metal will cause further illness?

Meanwhile, so many studies with no evidence of a cure are curious. The only definitive results from most research are the development of new, more potent drugs. Most people can agree that drugs in the long run only put bandaids on booboos. Finally, curing illnesses takes a commitment to compassion and humanity. Do you see that promise in these drug tests? Do we observe a cure for our loved ones suffering from fatal illness or a prolonging of their torture?

If scientific research resulted in the betterment of society then, by all means, continue. However, studies are begun only to fund jobs and create more toxins pushed to an unsuspecting public. Scientific research must be approached differently. The outcome of science should be to help those in need.

Resources: Royal Society of Chemistry, YouTube, Phys.Org

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