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Tumor-killing virus selectively targets diseased brain cells
Date:2/19/2008

ier around the brain.

The virus was equally effective in destroying tissue from cancers that start in the breast or lung and spread to the brainthe two cancers most likely to metastasize to the brainand targeted tumors at different sites throughout the body. Each year in the United States, more than 20,000 new cases of brain or nervous system cancers are diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Future research will focus on understanding potential safety risks, such as whether the virus could eventually infect normal brain cells, as well exploring potential changes to the virus that could mitigate such risk. We have some ideas for making the virus safer in the human brain, says van den Pol. This is important to prevent the virus from potentially infecting normal brain cells after it has targeted the brain tumor.


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Contact: Sara Harris
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202-963-4000
Society for Neuroscience
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