|ANTI CANCER BREAKTHROUGH|
researchers have said that they had made a potentially significant breakthrough in the
fight against cancer by discovering that injecting them with a rare virus could kill
tumour cells.Dr. John Bell of the University of Ottawa said his team had found many common
cancers were destroyed by the Vesicular Stomatits Virus (VSV), which is not infectious in
humans. "Were excited .Wethink this is an important step forward," he told
Reuters in an interview .In laboratory tests, the new treatment killed cells from
melanomas and leukemia as well as lung, breast and prostate cancers.
Mr. Bell said 15 years of research into tumours had shown that many cancer cells suffered from a genetic flaw that made them vulnerable to VSV, which has been under study for the last 50 years or so.
what this (geneic) defect was and knowing the properties of the virus, we thought this
would be a good fit. So we then tested the virus and sure enough it was very
effective," said Mr.Bell.