A team of scientists designs a laboratory virus that can fight cancer and has been tested in mice and in human cells in vitro. In the month of June of the same year, the scientific journal Cancer Gene Therapy published an amazing finding from a new study that analyzed the CF33 virus as capable of having anticancer effects in several types of cancer, such as lung, pancreas or breast.
A Virus That Can Fight Cancer
Is it possible that they discovered the virus that can cure known cancers? Those responsible for this research have been a group of scientists, led by Yumang Fond of the City of Hope Cancer Research Center in Los Angeles, who have designed a laboratory virus that can fight cancer.
However, as detailed in the study, at the moment this virus has been tested only in mice, in the case of lung cancer, and in human cells in vitro, so it cannot be said that it has been discovered still the cure against cancer and we must be cautious about this.
The team of scientists will evaluate this CF33 virus in clinical trials with humans to see if it is a really effective therapy or not, and the start will be from 2020 when it will begin to be tested in patients with lung, gastric cancer, bowel or breast
From The Smallpox Family
How will this clinical trial be? How does this virus work? This CF33 treatment, developed by the biotechnology company Imugene, will use this type of ‘oncolytic’ virus to attack tumour cells, infecting them and stimulating the patient’s immune system.
This type of virus is injected directly into the cell that contains the tumour and explodes it, so to speak in a common way. The immune system reacts and causes the appearance of immune cells that attack cancer.
The virus is part of the smallpox family and was the main active component that eradicated this disease and has enough potential as an oncolytic. If its effectiveness is confirmed when the therapies are carried out with human beings, it would be a great advance for science and for humanity, but we still have to be cautious and wait.