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magic bullet

n. Slang
Something regarded as a magical solution or cure: "There is no magic bullet against cancer" (Matt Clark).
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Paul Ehrlich’s term for an ideal therapeutic agent, which would target a highly specific site and treat only that site; in modern immunology, MB refers to any agent with the specificity of an antibody and lethal potential of a toxin
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magic bullet

Immunology Paul Ehrlich's term for an ideal therapeutic, which would target a highly specific site and treat ONLY that site; in modern immunology, MB refers to any agent with the specificity of an antibody and lethal potential of a toxin. See Orthozyme CD5plus.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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 analogy.
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.