A Harmless Virus Kills Cancer Cells

June 24, 2005   Hershey, Pennsylvania - A scientist at Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania announced at a recent meeting of the American Society for Virology that his lab has killed cancer cells with a virus called "adeno-associated virus type 2," or AAV-2.

The AAV-2 virus has killed a variety of cancer cells in Petrie dishes investigated by Dr. Craig Meyers, Prof. of Microbiology and Immunology at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This cancer-killing virus infects 80% of the human population. If the AAV-2 virus is so prevalent, why isn't it killing cancers all the time in people? I asked Dr. Meyers what activates the virus to kill cancer cells in his laboratory?

 

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