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February 14, 2005

HIV 'could destroy cancer cells'

Topics: Health Issues

US scientists hope to be able to use a harmless form of the Aids virus to seek and destroy cancer cells.


(infected cancer cell)

A University of California team found an "impotent" version of HIV, with the disease-causing parts of it removed, tracked down cancer cells in mice.

The next step would be to insert a gene into the virus that would kill the cancer upon contact.

The team told Nature Medicine more safety studies were needed before such a method could be tested in humans.

Posted by Hyscience at February 14, 2005 12:14 PM

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