London: Viruses which often cause dangerous infections could soon be the latest weapon in the war against cancer, scientists have claimed.
A team of researchers in the US have claimed that they are creating viruses that would be weak to damage healthy cells but strong enough to destroy cancer cells.
Scientists have already known that viruses can weaken cancer since the turn of the century.
However, early efforts to use this knowledge to cure patients largely failed as recovery was only temporary and sometimes sufferers died of the infection. Research into cures
then shifted to other treatments.
But, now following new understanding about genetics and how viruses and cancers work together, doctors have realised that specially tailored viruses might be the answer.
Viva! Viruses, viva!