Mayo Clinic collaboration invents 'virus in stealth' to help kill cancer cells

In the current issue of the Journal of Virology, the researchers describe how they invented a way to engineer an alternative outer covering (coat) for the virus, using pieces from an animal virus that cannot infect humans. The work is still experimental. But it is a key step forward in the science of redirecting or retargeting a virus through genetic engineering. Retargeted measles virus can recognize surface molecules found only on cancerous cells, allowing selective killing. In this way, retargeted cancer-killing viruses help the body, rather than harming it as natural viruses do when they infect cells.


Mayo Clinic collaboration invents 'virus in stealth' to help kill cancer cells

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