Anorak | No. An eight-year-old girl did not find the cure for cancer in the Daily Mail

No. An eight-year-old girl did not find the cure for cancer in the Daily Mail

by | 29th, January 2015

Well, has a “girl of eight found a cancer cure”? The Daily Mail wants to know on its page 5.

Questions in the form of headlines can be answered very simply with a ‘No’. But let’s look at the Mail’s story:

In most families, dinner table conversation is restricted to what happened at school or whether homework has been completed. But Michael Lisanti asked his eight-year-old daughter how she would cure cancer, and it seems she may have got it right.


Camilla Lisanti suggested using antibiotics, ‘like when I have a sore throat’. Her parents, a husband-wife cancer research team were sceptical at first but tested out her theory in their Manchester University lab. And to their surprise, several cheap and widely-used antibiotics killed the most dangerous cancer cells.

The cancer specialist was surpised to see that antibiotics can kill cancer cells. The Mail adds:

Unknown to Camilla, a bubbly bilingual child who wants to be a teacher, some antibiotics stop cell from making mitochondria, the tiny engine rooms that supply them with energy.

When the cure for cancer is padded out with Camilla’s ability to speak you know the story is in trouble. And so it turns out.

A look around the webs turn up such stories as:

* Novel Use of Antibiotics to Treat Colorectal Cancer


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