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Thursday, October 19th 2006

Cancer Killing Viruses

Could viral therapy for cancer be coming into its own?

South Korean scientists said on Thursday they have developed a new genetically altered strain of virus, which is highly efficient in targeting and killing cancer cells.

The new therapy developed by the team from Yonsei University uses a genetically-engineered form of the adenovirus, which normally causes colds.

The adenovirus was implanted with a human gene that is related to the production of relaxin, a hormone associated with pregnancy.

When injected into cancerous tumors, the virus quickly multiplies in the cancer cells and kills them, the team said.

The new adenovirus can target only cancer cells and does not harm normal cells, the team said.

Existing viral treatments fail to kill off all the cancerous cells.

I’m not sure where this was presented or published (and we might have trouble reading it even if I did). The story is only up on Drudge right now, and a search of Google News turns up only this Dubai piece.

Still an interesting story. You may be quick to point out that cancer killing viruses are nothing new as the story alludes to. For instance, see here.

A rapidly progressing area of research apparently.

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