Scientists Create 'Cowpox-Style' Virus That Reduced Tumours In Mice, Human Trials Expected Soon

Scientists Create 'Cowpox-Style' Virus That Reduced Tumours In Mice, Human Trials Expected Soon

The new cowpox-styled virus is being engineered by an Australian Biotech company called Imugene.

Update: An earlier version of this article had the headline "Scientists Develop A New Virus That Could Kill Every Kind Of Cancer, According To Report". It has now been updated. 

Cancer is one of the most devastating diseases that cause the death of millions of humans every day. The reason for this often cited as a gene mutation or lifestyle disorders that often turn our lives around and prove to be very harmful.

But now, in a major breakthrough, a group of scientists claims to have created a new cowpox-style virus that might kill any cancer-mutated cells. 



The treatment is being called CF33 and it has the potential to kill every kind of cancer on a petri-dish. It has also shrunk tumors in mice, reported The Daily Telegraph. The cure has been developed by US expert Professor Yuman Fong, who is behind engineering the treatment, and the cure is being developed by Australian biotech company Imugene.

All the scientists are hoping that it will be a success and if everything goes well, the treatment will next be implemented on patients suffering from breast cancer by next year.



Patients who are suffering from triple-negative breast cancer melanoma, lung cancer, bladder, gastric and bowel cancer would be tested in the latest treatment.

Although the success in mice does not ensure that the virus is treatable in humans, Professor Fong remains positive since some other specific virus has been effective in fighting cancer in humans. 



Like the common cold virus called  Imlygic or T-Vec was found to be able to treat a form of cancer known as melanoma and the virus helped the immune system of the human body to recognize and destroy the melanoma cells and tumors of the body. 



Professor Fong said, "There was evidence that viruses could kill cancer from the early 1900s when people vaccinated against rabies had their cancer disappear, they went into remission." But there are other concerns about the virus that it could be too toxic for humans and also be fatal. 



Professor Fong added, "'The problem was if you made the virus toxic enough to kill cancer you were worried it would also kill man." He also said that mixing cowpox viruses with other viruses could kill cancer. 


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