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"Anti-cancer virus" is medical first

Added: Friday 9 September 2011

Scientists have engineered a virus which selectively targets cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue alone. A small study on 23 patients showed that the virus did indeed attack only tumours. Professor John Bell, lead researcher, said: ""We are very excited because this is the first time in medical history that a viral therapy has been shown to consistently and selectively replicate in cancer tissue after intravenous infusion in humans."