Dr. 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.
Radio Smart Talk host, Scott LaMar talked with Dr. Meyers about this exciting step forward in breast cancer research.
But, Dr. Meyers was frustrated by the lack of funding for research like his. He stated, "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."
But, he was granted a big surprise at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference on Oct. 11th,. Doctor Meyers and the team of researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey working on this research have been awarded $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Meyers' work focuses on the AAV2 virus, which has killed breast cancer cells at every stage in tissue culture dishes in his lab. He says the funding will help advance the project, which he's been working on for years. "We applied for funding from the NIH, from the Komen Foundation, from the Department of Defense, and everywhere we could," he says. "We got comments that this is just too good. They didn't believe it." But Meyers says it could be years before the virus is tested on human breast cancer cells.