re: Viruses made to fight cancer

Brian D Williams (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 07:32:57 -0800 (PST)

From: Duane Hewitt <>

>In the era of molecular biology, viruses are being adapted for our
>own purposes. They have served as powerful tools for gene
>manipulation and now they are showing promise for use in
>anti-cancer therapies.

>Viruses, in their mission to hijack cells for their own
>replication, happen to target many of the same genes that are
>mutated when a cell becomes cancerous.

>Therefore viruses are amenable to reengineering as cancer killing
>machines. There are currently several viruses being developed into
>microscopic smart bombs.

>For more information on this topic visit

Thanks for the pointer.

I was just reading the other day that there is an even newer technique, by creating direct strands of target RNA!

I believe in may have been in last weeks Science-Week.

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