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This morning they had this on the news. Looked up the station and they don't have the story yet on their web site. Did any one else hear that on the news? Donna G

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Common Virus May Prove Effective In Fighting Cancer

June 22, 2005 10:53 a.m. EST

Hector Duarte Jr. - All Headline News Staff Reporter

Washington D.C. (AHN) - U.S. researchers indicate a common virus, harmless to people can destroy cancerous cells, and may be developed into a new form of cancer therapy.

The virus is called adeno-associated virus type 2, or AAV-2, and infects roughly 80 percent of the population. Craig Meyers, professor of microbiology and immunology at Penn State College of Medicine, says results show AAV-2 kills cancer cells, without harming healthy cells.

He says, "We believe that AAV-2 recognizes that the cancer cells are abnormal and destroys them. This suggests that AAV-2 has great potential to be developed as an anti-cancer agent."

For the study, Meyers and his colleagues infected a batch of human cells with HPV, a cancer-causing wart virus, strains of which have been known to lead to cervical cancer. They then infected those cells with AAV-2.

Six days later, all of the HPV-infected cells had died. The same result occured when tested on cervical, breast, prostate and squamous cell tumor cells.

Meyers adds the fact that AAV-2 appears to have no effect on healthy cells is promising, as therapy would be much easier to endure.

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