Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Virus Kills Cancer

This Reuters article tells of a virus that kills some cancer cells, yet leaves healthy cells unharmed. Can you imagine the possibilities for this?

For their study, Meyers and colleagues first infected a batch of human
cells with HPV, some strains of which cause cervical cancer.
They then
infected these cells and normal cells with AAV-2.
After six days, all the
HPV-infected cells died.
The same thing happened with cervical, breast,
prostate and squamous cell tumor cells.

These are pretty common cancers. Maybe in a short time some countries will be curing many cancers. Maybe in a decade or two we'll be curing it here at home. The possibility even exists that by the time American doctors could treat cancers with this something new will come along. Then if nothing new is on the horizon for a long enough period of time, we could be on the cutting edge of cancer therapy in the United States.

Of course , I recognize the sword has two edges. It's just that sometimes the NDA and the FDA seem to move at a glacial pace. In the meantime, many people suffer and many people die.

Just a thought.


At 9:37 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

They are growing new blood vessels, now, too. Fascinating stuff...


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