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Herpes the cure for Cancer?
10-29-2015, 04:12 PM #1
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An engineered herpesvirus that provokes an immune response against cancer has become the first treatment of its kind to be approved for use in the United States, paving the way for a long-awaited class of therapies. On 27 October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a genetically engineered virus called talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to treat advanced melanoma. Four days earlier, advisers to the European Medicines Agency had endorsed the drug.

With dozens of ongoing clinical trials of similar ‘oncolytic’ viruses, researchers hope that the approval will generate the enthusiasm and cash needed to spur further development of the approach. “The era of the oncolytic virus is probably here,” says Stephen Russell, a cancer researcher and haematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I expect to see a great deal happening over the next few years.” [...]

The strategy builds on a phenomenon that has been appreciated for more than a century. Physicians in the 1800s noted that their cancer patients sometimes unexpectedly went into remission after experiencing a viral infection. These case reports later inspired doctors, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, to raid nature’s viral cupboard. Clinicians injected cancer patients with a menagerie of viruses. Sometimes the therapy destroyed the tumour, and sometimes it killed the person instead.

Unlike the wild viruses used in those mid-twentieth-century experiments, some of today’s anti-cancer viruses are painstakingly engineered. T-VEC, for example, has been altered to drastically reduce its ability to cause herpes. Researchers also inserted a gene encoding a protein that stimulates the immune system, which makes the virus even more potent against cancer.
Read more: nature.com

I'll take cold sore over death, but how odd.


10-29-2015, 04:38 PM #2
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I was under the notion a change in lifestyle is the cure for cancer. Cancer is a way out disease. The immune system needs good vibes to thrive. But yea.

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10-29-2015, 05:23 PM #3
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Interesting hmm.gif I have to share this article with my mother.
10-29-2015, 05:37 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Using the herpes virus as a vehicle to attack cancer is brilliant, but not without some harm.

10-29-2015, 06:23 PM #5
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Supposedly it's a toned down version of the virus as to not cause the herpes symptoms, and instead create zombies. chuckle.gif


11-02-2015, 10:46 AM #6
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iagree.gif That's all about the lining of pockets.



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