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Could an oncolytic virus “melt” tumours?

March 11, 2015

Dr. Robin Parks has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Cancer Research Society to develop and test a novel cancer-killing virus that may be able to fuse cancer cells together, in effect “melting” a tumour into one big mass. This experimental therapy is based on a common human cold virus (an adenovirus) engineered to express a cell-fusing protein derived from a reptile virus (a reovirus). It is hoped that this novel virus will spread more quickly throughout tumours than some other oncolytic viruses, and also work in synergy with other cancer therapies. This research will take place in laboratory cancer models.

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