Poultry virus is possible cure for cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of
cancer in men (+/-219,000 per year) in the US. According to Dr Elankurmaran
Subbiah, the use of poultry viruses as cancer therapy poses no threat to humans
and several other oncolytic viruses are currently being explored to treat
Subbiah is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences
and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
(VMRCVM) at Virginia Tech. His work is the first to alter Newcastle disease
through a reverse genetic system to
target prostate cancer specifically.
Subbiah and his co-investigator, Dr
Siba K. Samal
, associate dean, University of Maryland campus, received a
US$113,250 grant for their ongoing work using a genetically modified version of
ND to treat prostate cancer in humans. In the current investigation, Subbiah and
his associates are altering the fusion protein of ND to replicate only in the
presence of prostate specific antigen (PSA), which is found exclusively in
cancerous prostate cells.
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