07/08/2021 01:17 PM | Click to read full article
Scientists at Australian biotechnology company Imugene may have found a way to kill all types of cancer cells and shrink the tumours by building on top of a 200-year-old medical breakthrough. In 1796, scientist Edward Jenner found a way to combat smallpox using the cowpox virus. Now, the scientists at Imugene have engineered a new virus, also based on the cowpox virus, which can kill cancer cells in a Petri dish.
Professor Yuman Fong, head of the Oncolytic Viral Therapy Scientific Advisory Board at Imugene said he hopes to start human trials next year. He added that he aims to target the most deadly cancers, like breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, melanomas and colorectal cancer during the trial.