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France Plans to Launch Mini Surveillance Satellites to Enhance Protection of French Satellites

Defense Minister Florence Parly said France was not being sucked into an arms race and that the creation

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French Air Force General Philippe Lavigne attends a presentation by French Ministre of Defense on the new Defence space Strategy on July 25, 2019. VOA

France plans to launch mini surveillance satellites to enhance the protection and defense of French satellites from 2023, its defence minister said on Thursday, signalling an intensification in the race to militarize space.

Defense Minister Florence Parly said France was not being sucked into an arms race and that the creation of a new French “space command” announced by the president was central to a strategy to bolster defense capabilities, rather than offensive.

“If we want to be able to carry out real military operations in space, then we need to develop the ability to act alone,” Parly said, speaking at the Lyon-Mont Verdun air base.

The “space command,” Parly said, would fall under the air force’s control. With space fast becoming one of the greatest challenges to national security, the government would draw up new legislation to hand oversight of all French activities in space to the Defense Ministry.

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France plans to launch mini surveillance satellites to enhance the protection and defense of French satellites from 2023, its defence minister said on Thursday. Pixabay

President Emmanuel Macron’s desire to create a space command, which Parly announced will go live on Sept. 1, followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to usher in a new space force that will form the sixth branch of the U.S. military by 2020.

Parly described the mini-satellites that will patrol space from 2023 as “fearsome little detectors that will be the eyes of our most valuable satellites.” Space and aeronautics company Thales had ambitions in the field, she said.

She called on France’s European partners to work together on space surveillance. “In particular I count on Germany to be at the heart of space surveillance.”

French convictions of the need to strengthen defense capacities in space were strengthened when a Russian satellite last year attempted to intercept transmissions from a Franco-Italian satellite used by both countries armies for secure communications in what it called an “act of espionage.”

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Oversight of French activities in space currently lies with the French Space Agency (CNES). (VOA)

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A Molecule in Immune System Can Target and Kill Cancer Cells: Study

Crucially, there is a need to induce the immune system to ensure long-term protection against the recurrence of cancer

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Current approaches to achieve this involve killing Cancer cells by using chemotherapeutics and other agents which could be harmful and have uncertain outcomes other than Immune Bacteria. Pixabay

Researchers have found a naturally occurring molecule and a component of the Immune system that could successfully target and kill Cancer cells, according to a study.

The study, published in British Journal of Cancer, discovered that beta-galactoside-binding protein, a naturally occurring molecule produced by immune cells can non-specifically target cancer cells, make them undergo cell death and through a stress response pathway make the cancer cells visible to the immune system to prompt an anti-cancer immune response that would secure protection against recurrences.

“By contrast, the anti-tumour property of the molecule is selective and not harmful to normal cells. It is effective against the most aggressive colorectal cancer cells and a wide range of other cancer cells equally unresponsive to current therapies,” said study lead author Professor Livio Mallucci from King’s College London.

“This research presents experimental evidence for a strategy where the targeting of cancer cells and the stimulation of immunity combine to prompt immediate and long-term responses against aggressive cancer,” he said.

According to the researchers, major developments in anti-cancer therapies have taken place over the last decade, but as only a subset of patients respond to treatments, there is a need for further development.

Crucially, there is a need to induce the immune system to ensure long-term protection against the recurrence of cancer.

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Researchers have found a naturally occurring molecule and a component of the Immune system that could successfully target and kill Cancer cells, according to a study. Pixabay

Current approaches to achieve this involve killing cells by using chemotherapeutics and other agents which could be harmful and have uncertain outcomes, the study said.

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“Translation of the molecule to the clinic could open a new therapeutic opportunity which safely combines direct killing of cancer cells and the stimulation of the immune system against recurrences, a significant step forward in the management of cancer,” he added. (IANS)