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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).
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

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.
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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.
So, suppose that the magic bullet does its magic and brings up results.
The growing tree model shares with the magic bullet analogy a simpleminded concept of direct cause and effect.
The complaint against prison education programs is a good example of thinking by means of the magic bullet analogy.
An American company, Seragen, is close to completing trials with a similar magic bullet technique for treating a rare form of leukaemia.
However, the search for dietary magic bullets against cancer continues elsewhere.
Their magic bullet is a fatty acid -- conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) -- one of the long-chain, carbon-based molecules from which fats and oils form.
No magic bullet First, even low-dose aspirin can have side effects, though rare, including dizziness, stomach irritation and internal bleeding.
Polymer therapeutics are one kind of magic bullet now beginning to realise their potential and the rapidly increasing knowledge of the genetic basis of diseases is giving us more targets to aim for.