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Researchers at Penn State Hershey may have found breast cancer-killing virus

Researchers at Penn State Hershey may have found breast cancer-killing virus

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HERSHEY, Pa- 10.6.11- Exciting new research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has found that there is a new virus , that in various lab tests, kills breast cancer cells.  And, it kills all types of breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

petri_dish_breast_cancer_researchDr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey said at first, "I didn't believe it," and that, "I thought our incubators broke down or the person doing the experiment did something wrong. So, we repeated it, and repeated it, and repeated it."  And they had success with  100% of the lab tests conducted.

Watch this video for the full news story about this exiting breakthrough in breast cancer research.

How does it work? The virus causes breast cancer cells to turn on themselves and then die.  The tests have only been conducted on mice so far, and with more funding, the hope is to start  human trials.  

But, Dr. Meyers is frustrated with the lack of funding for research like his.  He states in the video, "I believe it's going to do something and that's what's frustrating: so many things get money with a lot less results than what we're getting."  He also said, "There's a lot of desperation out there to find a cure and right now, because of the economy, there's very little funding for anything." 

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#6 FacingCancer 2012-01-03 17:24
Contessa, thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your own personal experience. Our thoughts go out to you as you face cancer with your son. We wish him well. We hope that there will be a cure one day, and these advances are exciting steps in the right direction. Thanks again for the comment!
#5 Contessa Boreman 2011-12-10 17:04
I truly feel this would be amazing step in the right direction!! I pray one day we can find a cure for childhood and blood cancers as well!! This is a huge deal to me because my 8 year old son was diagnosed with PH positive ALL when he was 6 and he still undergoing treatments. I've seen first hand what this disease can do to someone and it's heart breaking! So a cure is all we can EVER ask for!! God Bless you!!!
#4 Gentz 2011-11-30 21:36
Ok people wake up here. These corporate money grubbin bums would rather line their pockets with blood money that dying americans paying for medical treatments that are so painful and unpredictable with their outcome. It's time we stood up America
#3 Martin Miller 2011-11-16 18:05
I hope it is true and that the technique can be extended to other cancers.
#2 Cindee 2011-10-14 16:51
Thought of you...
#1 Fortune Vee 2011-10-07 22:36


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