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Virus that eradicates cancer cells points toward promising treatment, Penn State researchers find

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Scientists at Penn State have found a virus that kills breast cancer cells without hurting human patients, Gizmodo reports.

The virus is called adeno-associated virus type 2, and the scientists showed in the lab that it kills breast cancer in three stages. That's a big deal because different stages of cancer now require different types of treatment, and it's difficult to get it just right. They published their results in Molecular Cancer.
 
The scientists still don't know how the virus takes down cancer, which is crucial for developing a drug or other type of therapeutic. If they figure out which viral genes are at work, some type of gene therapy might be the way to go. Or they could test drugs, or even use the virus itself as a remedy.


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