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Chinese Discover Naturally Occuring Cancer Killing Virus

A group of Chinese scientists has discovered and is testing a virus that kills cancer cells without harming normal ones.  The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

The virus known as M1 has selective anti-tumor effects, can specifically kill cancer cells without harming normal cells. This oncolytic virus is expected to become one of the most powerful weapons against cancers.

The naturally occuing virus cannot be patented in the US thereby making is a very low cost treatment that could eliminate normal chemo therapy drugs should tests prove out.

M1, was extracted from a "certain kind of mosquito" found in a southern province of China.

The virus has been used to prevent growth in cancer cells of the liver, bladder, colon and rectum. So far, it has only been tested on mice.

China Radio International reported Thursday that scientists plan to test the virus on primates starting next week.

The team that discovered the virus is led by Yan Guangmei with the Zhangshan School of Medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University.

"This kind of mosquito was found by other Chinese scientists in 1964. Our achievement is that we proved the virus carried by these mosquitoes can possibly be used in cancer therapies," said Yan.

Yan has told reporters he believes the research could represent a breakthrough in cancer treatment, adding his team hopes to begin clinical trials within three years.

 

 

A group of Chinese scientists has discovered and is testing a virus that kills cancer cells without harming normal ones.  The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

The virus known as M1 has selective anti-tumor effects, can specifically kill cancer cells without harming normal cells. This oncolytic virus is expected to become one of the most powerful weapons against cancers.

The naturally occuing virus cannot be patented in the US thereby making is a very low cost treatment that could eliminate normal chemo therapy drugs should tests prove out.

M1, was extracted from a "certain kind of mosquito" found in a southern province of China.

The virus has been used to prevent growth in cancer cells of the liver, bladder, colon and rectum. So far, it has only been tested on mice.

China Radio International reported Thursday that scientists plan to test the virus on primates starting next week.

The team that discovered the virus is led by Yan Guangmei with the Zhangshan School of Medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University.

"This kind of mosquito was found by other Chinese scientists in 1964. Our achievement is that we proved the virus carried by these mosquitoes can possibly be used in cancer therapies," said Yan.

Yan has told reporters he believes the research could represent a breakthrough in cancer treatment, adding his team hopes to begin clinical trials within three years.