Oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells: oncolytic virus research. Future health care, chemo, oncology

Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

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http://www.virttu.com. How oncolytic viruses work to kill cancer cells. Replication of oncolytic viruses inside tumours. Pre-clinical trials. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on oncolytics. Use of oncolytic viruses to treat advanced malignant melanoma and mestatases -- Amgen research using an oncolytic virus developed from HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Oncolytic virus conference 2013. Problems with traditional chemotherapy --...

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Oncolytic viruses to Treat Cancer. How oncolytic viruses kill cancer cells

Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Over 50 years ago, scientists noticed that people with some viral infections were sometimes cured of cancer in surprising ways.  They discovered that the viruses were able to kill cancer cells. These were called oncolytic viruses – onco means cancer, lytic means that cells burst open and die. All these oncolytic viruses made people ill, so scientists tried to make new types of virus that would be less harmful to normal cells. Then they made an extraordinary discovery:  almost all cancer cells in solid tumours work in similar ways.  They grow in an uncontrolled manner and lack all kinds of normal functions.  What if we could make a damaged virus, with useless genetic code, where the code only works if activated inside a cancer cell? Today there are many different types of oncolytic viruses that have been altered from natural viruses in the laboratory, so that they kill cancer cells, while not damaging (many) normal cells.

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Oncolytic Viruses - New Cure for Cancer? Facts about Oncolytic Viruses

Biotechnology, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Stem Cells

Video and article explaining about oncolytic viruses for a non-technical audience. We could be about to see the most dramatic advance in cancer treatment for 30 years.  A new form of treatment that is relatively easy to make, has virtually no side effects, with potential to treat a wide variety of cancers, when used in combination with more traditional treatments. That is the implication of early studies in laboratories and in humans, if all goes well in the next stages. Viruses are a common cause of cancer.  So what about creating a new virus to cure cancer?  Many natural viruses are known to be “oncolytic”. They destroy cancer cells but they damage normal, healthy tissue as well. Scientists have taken a variety of human viruses which normally cause illness, and altered their genes so that they are able to enter human cells, but cannot activate – except in cancer cells. 

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Future Reform of State-Owned Enterprises in emerging markets

Future Emerging Markets, BRICS, Strategy Keynotes

One of the greatest challenges facing emerging markets like China and Vietnam is what to do about State-Owned Enterprises, or nationally owned industries.  There are 145,000 of them in China alone. They generate 35% of China’s GDP and 43% of profits. Many of them survive only with large government subsidies, which distort national markets. They may enjoy lower tax rates than privately owned competitors. They often rely on huge bank loans at preferential rates of interest, crowding out other borrowers, discouraging investment and adding to government liabilities. So what should be done?

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Vietnam - faster growth than some other parts of Asia

Future Emerging Markets, BRICS, Strategy Keynotes

Labour costs are only half that in China, for same job in same kind of factory.  But that only makes sense if productivity is half, which is unlikely, especially in any newly built manufacturing base.
Expect therefore that the investments will continue – although it may be a challenge to consistently top more than $10bn a year, as has been the case recently, because there are even cheaper destinations such as Myanmar that are opening up.Vietnam – time to catch up with rest of Asia.

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China as world's dominant superpower - Impact on America, Russia and EU

Future Trends, Economy, Markets, Keynote Speaker

Asia exports growth economy china vietnam

Here is a fact beyond dispute:  China is set to become the world’s largest economy.  The only debates are by what date and by what measure?  According to the IMF, Asian economies will represent at least 40% of global economic output by 2015, adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity. Many economists expect that on PPP calculations, China will overtake the United States long before 2020, probably by 2015-17. All global economists agree it is only a matter of time, by whatever measure. Most people in developed nations are unprepared for an inevitable major psychological, economic, cultural and political shift, which will impact the rest of this century. Need a world-class keynote speaker on trends in China? Phone Patrick Dixon now or email.

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Future of ASEAN - Asian equivalent of EU - Expect big job changes in 2015

Future Emerging Markets, BRICS, Strategy Keynotes

600 million people, 8.8% of the world's population, live in nations which are part of the ASEAN community. If ASEAN were a single nation, it would rank be the 9th largest economy in the world. A key part of ASEAN 2015 is a proposal that people with skills should be able to move freely from one nation to another without need for work permits or special visas. This is a huge step which could have a huge impact on nations losing or gaining large numbers of skilled workers. Take the UK, which expected around 5,000 new migrant workers to enter the country each year following 10 new countries joining the EU.  The reality was that over a million people arrived from Poland alone during the first three years.

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Why migration to cities is so vital to China - economic growth

Future Emerging Markets, BRICS, Strategy Keynotes

China population move to cities

The Chinese government is planning for up to 300 million people to move to cities in the next decade.  This huge migration will place immense strain on infrastructure and housing, as well as on job creation.  These people are moving for a better life, in hope of higher incomes and opportunity.  The risk is social unrest if economic development fails to keep pace with expectations.Why mass migration to cities will continue in China for 40 years.

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Tourism in Vietnam - worth $6.7bn - expect rapid growth

Future of Travel, Transport, Aviation, Tourism

Temple to Confucius in Hanoi VietnamA huge service export opportunity for Vietnam is tourism which contributes around $6.7bn a year to the national $134bn GDP.  Tourism is 66% of all service industry exports for Vietnam, yet is in its infancy.  The nation is very friendly, welcoming, fascinating and attractive, with an extraordinary history, wonderful food and culture, yet is still almost unknown to world travellers.

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Growth of Asia Exports – Vietnam Leads Emerging Markets

Future Emerging Markets, BRICS, Strategy Keynotes

Asia exports growth economy china vietnamWhile many people talk a lot about the massive success of China, Indonesia, Phillipines and Asia, in exporting to developed nations, the truth is more complex and somewhat surprising.

A growing proportion of this export growth is to other emerging nations rather than to the developed world. As the graph shows, despite the huge economic downturn in developed nations, and rapid slowing of growth across Asia, Vietnam has outshone its neighbours in 2011 and 2012, with every prospect of continuing to do so. In 2011, exports from Vietnam increased by over 34%, and 24% in 2012.   There are a number of reasons for this.

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