Monday, October 3, 2011

Penn State: Harmless virus cures cancer


Virus-cure, ray of hope week before Breast Cancer Summit
Maron Anthony R. Tonson (GMA News, Sept. 26, 2011)
A week before the Philippines’ first Breast Cancer Summit convenes in Cebu City, half a world away, US medical researchers have found a virus that kills breast cancer cells in laboratory tests.

An unaltered form of adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2) -- a non-disease-causing virus that infects humans -- was tested and found to have successfully targeted all three different tissue samples representing different stages of human breast cancer, the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) College of Medicine announced in a report posted Sept. 23 (Manila time) on the university’s official website.

"Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world and is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women," the report cited Dr. Samina Alam, the research associate in microbiology and immunology who led the study’s five other co-authors. More