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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