The down side, of course, is that the user's mind is far more complex, individual, and difficult to read than even a magic bullet
can fully contend with.
The most common analogy for linking a treatment to its effects is a type of"medical" analogy sometimes loosely referred to as "the magic bullet
." The discovery of the antibiotic drugs, especially penicillin, triggered the popularity of the magic bullet
By designing a molecule that would depend on the PSA enzyme to activate it, Rivett says it should be possible to design an even safer melittin magic bullet
that could not fire accidentally in transit.
So influential have medicine's triumphs over bacteria been that the "war on cancer" continues to be driven by the assumption that magic bullets
will one day be found for tumour cells if the search is sufficiently clever and diligent.
"I think, based on past experience, that there really isn't any magic bullet
for all cancers," says Linke.
Now, less than a week after treatment with the radioactive "magic bullet
, Karen is home from hospital and feeling fine.
A dearth of research in this area stems from a clash between two medical cultures--one representing a modern society searching for magic bullets
, the other belonging to an ancient society steeped in history and tradition.
Earlier attempts to make effective magic bullets
failed because although the poisons they use found the cancerous cells, they could not penetrate and destroy them without harming healthy cells as well.
"But there surely aren't any magic bullets
out there," notes Daniel F.
A nutritionist, Messina prefers to focus on whole foods rather than on any extractable magic bullets
they may contain.
"There are [other] vitamins that are really magic bullets
," Laermer told SCIENCE NEWS.
Vaccines, once hailed as "magic bullets
" against disease, sometimes fly astray.