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Viruses have been known allies in cancer treatment, but a study released yesterdayin the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows surprising promise using Zika virus to combat brain cancer.

Glioblastoma is a swift, cunning cancer particularly resilient against traditional treatments like surgery and chemotherapy. In the study, researchers injected a weakened version of the virus into adult mice and saw advanced tumors shrink while healthy brain cells remained unharmed.

Lab trials with human samples have also shown promise, and it’s hoped that human trials can start within the next 18 months.

Source: BBC

Related: Sanofi halts work on Zika vaccine amid federal funding cuts – CIDRAP

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