SWISS scientists are developing a new artificial virus aimed at killing cancer by using the body’s own immune system to track down and destroy malignant cells.

Researchers at the University of Basel now hope the technique will soon be tested on human subjects after proving effective in mice.

The study involved the introduction of cancer proteins to the designer virus, triggering an immune response which then makes it easier for the body to detect other cells with the same proteins.

The technique potentially offers a new solution to a problem that has confounded oncologists for years – getting the immune system to detect elusive cancer cells before they spread.


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