Volume 89 Issue 36 | pp. 61-62
Issue Date: September 5, 2011

Healing Viruses

Researchers take cancer-fighting viruses from bench to bedside
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Immunotherapy, vaccines, gene therapy, cancer, oncology, virology

More than 100 years ago, doctors noticed that some viruses have a remarkable ability to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue almost unharmed. Since then, researchers have been trying to develop such viruses as treatments for cancer, but it’s only in recent years that their century of effort has begun to bear fruit. Now, a dozen oncolytic viruses are being tested in the clinic, with a couple poised to gain Food & Drug Administration . . .

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