A team of researchers from the Duke University found a novel way to treat brain cancer. They discovered that polio virus can cure brain cancer patients.
For last twenty years, scientists have been trying to develop a new variant of polio virus. They believe that the new version of the virus will treat brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
Presently, Phase I stage of the virus is going at Brain Tumor Center of the Duke University. A CBS News program, named as 60 Minutes, dedicated a long segment on the clinical trial of the virus.
In the segment, dubbed as “Killing Cancer”, researchers talked about the new treatment. They reported that they are trying hard to find a cancer treatment through polio virus. The way polio virus use to infect cells can avert growth of cancer cells.
Matthias Gromeier along with the experts of New York State University is working on the fatal disease. They changed a RNA genome of polio virus with human rhinovirus virus. Surprisingly, they observed that the virus affects the replication speed of cancer. Additionally, it gives strength to the immune system of the body.
Therefore, researchers concluded that a specific quantity of newly engineered polio cells can kill brain cancer cells. The virus is named as oncolytic virotherapy.