A virus that eats away cancer but sadly languishing in a freezer
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A virus that eats away cancer but sadly languishing in a freezer

Uppsala : Sweden | Sep 04, 2012 at 10:05 AM PDT
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Using Viruses to Kill Cancer Cells

A virus to human’s rescue? We often harbor the misconception that viruses are slimy little creatures that can only make us fall sick. Well, you will need to do a major rethink, as a virus created by a Swedish gene therapist promises to eliminate the deadliest forms of cancer. Unfortunately, this cheap and effective treatment for cancer is lying idle in a fridge in a Swedish lab.

According to Prof. Magnus Essand of the Uppsala University, this treatment has been tested only in the lab and not yet tested on human beings. While conceding that several treatments that work in the lab may not turn out to be quite effective in humans, Essand however, believes this cancer treatment is highly promising.

The potential cancer-stopper, the adenovirus serotype 5, is a common type of virus in which the Swedish team has “achieved transcriptional targeting by replacing an endogenous viral promoter sequence.” In simple terms it means a virus created that eats away cancer.

A euphoric Prof. Essand told the Telegraph's Alexander Masters: “It is amazing. … It's better than anything else. Tumor cell lines that are resistant to every other drug, it kills them in these animals.” In fact he goes on to call it in colloquial language as “the assassin who kills all the bad guys.”

The adenovirus serotype 5, or precisely Ad5 [CgA-E1A-miR122] PTD (the full scientific name), is cheap to produce and targets cancer cells precisely, destroying them fully. Its side effects are believed to be just mild and flu-like in humans. The pictures given in research reports show tumors in cancerous mice melting off.

However, as things stand today, adenovirus serotype 5 is never going to be tested to see if it might also save humans. Apparently, since 2010 the potential cancer killer has been kept in a tiny freezer due to lack of funds for carrying out further research. According to Prof. Essand they would be requiring around a “million pounds” to carry on with further studies.

The medical fraternity has known since 1880 that viral infections can cause a sharp decline in tumors. In the modern world, researchers are still in the process of being appreciative of genetics and the human body's behavior. Medical professionals are keen on finding out more about the body’s healing capability with the help of another form of illness but something that is less serious.

The adenovirus serotype 5 is not the only virus produced by Prof. Essand. He had earlier developed a virus targeting prostate cancer. Masters reports that this specific virus is now set to enter human trials in Rotterdam with the aid of the European Union.

Millions of adults and young children the world over are falling victim to deadly forms of cancer, while scientists are busy embroiled in mere theories. What is the harm in trying out this promising cancer-stopping virus? After all, how long will it take to raise a million pounds, if it can help to bring succor to cancer patients?

So if any of you out there wish to donate, please visit this site: www.uu.se/en/support/oncolytic.

Kindly note anyone making a donation of £1 million will be granted the privilege of using his/her name to identify the cancer-fighting virus. In the meantime let us, in our own way, do our bit to find a cure for cancer and wipe off the scourge from the face of earth.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

*The cancer that killed Steve Jobs...if only there was a prospective cure, this genius and many like him would have been saved. But it’s never too late, lets give the above potential cancer cure a chance. Donate - 1 euro, 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 5 pounds, whatever you can!

Unofficial fundraising campaign:

http://www.indiegogo.com/uppsala-cancer-research

Official fundraising campaign:

http://www.uu.se/en/support/oncolytic

You may join the campaign at FB: http://www.facebook.com/cure.that.cancer.fundraiser

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