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“Non-Disease Virus Kills Breast Cancer Cells”

September 24, 2011

It has so far been tested on three different types of breast cancer, and, more significantly, on all four stages of cancer—and it goes after all of them:

A virus that infects humans without causing disease kills breast cancer cells in the laboratory. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) College of Medicine in the US, tested an unaltered form of adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2) on three different human breast cancer types representing different stages of cancer and found it targeted all of them. They hope by uncovering the pathways the virus uses to trigger cancer cell death, their work will lead to new targets for anti-cancer drugs. A paper on this work appeared recently in the journal Molecular Cancer.

Just think: A cousin of the common cold may one pay for every sniffle, sneeze, and ache its kin ever caused. Let’s hope soon.

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