A cancer-fighting version of herpes shows promise in early human trials

An illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn a longtime bacterial enemy into a cancer-fighting ally, new research suggests this week. In preliminary data from a phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … Read more

Oncolytic viruses boost the immune system to effectively target and destroy cancer cells

The immune system has evolved to protect the body against a wildly diverse range of potential threats. Among these are bacterial diseases, including plague, cholera, diphtheria and Lyme disease, and viral infections such as influenza, Ebola virus and SARS CoV-2. Despite the impressive power of the immune system’s complex defense network, one type of threat … Read more