Mumbai: Cancer is an awful thing that no one should have to endure; but, sadly, millions do every year. However, we could be a step closer to ensuring no one else has to die from the myriad of cancers that plague the human body.
Regarding this, the Australian Biotech Company Imugene had developed a new Cowpox style virus to treat the cancer disease in the human body.
scientists have been doing it for years with good results. For example, a modified form of the herpes virus is now being utilised as an effective treatment against some types of skin cancer. Cowpox was is a viral disease from cows’ udders and formed the basis of the first smallpox vaccines for humans.
The treatment, called CF33, can kill every type of cancer in a Petrie dish and has shrunk tumours in mice. US cancer expert Professor Yuman Fong is engineering the treatment, which is been developed by Aussie.
They are hoping the treatment will be tested on breast cancer patients, among other cancer sufferers, next year.
Prof. Fong is recently in Australia to test the virus trials and this will also run overseas.
Success with mice does not ensure the virus will be able to treat humans, But the positivity stays to the Fong and creates hope as other viruses are already helped to overcome cancer in humans.
Cancer cells are very clever, they are true Darwinians that mutate to survive and there is a likelihood they will evolve to become resistant to the virus as they do now to become resistant to chemotherapy and immunotherapy.