- Scientists are hoping a new cowpox-style virus could kill every type of cancer
- Professor Yuman Fong, from the US, is engineering the treatment called CF33
- The treatment is being developed by Australia biotech company Imugene
Scientists have created a new cowpox-style virus in a bid to cure cancer.
The treatment, called CF33, can kill every type of cancer in a petrie dish and has shrunk tumours in mice, The Daily Telegraph reported.
US cancer expert Professor Yuman Fong is engineering the treatment, which is being developed by Australia biotech company Imugene.
They are hoping the treatment will be tested on breast cancer patients, among other cancer sufferers, next year.
Scientists have created a new cowpox-style virus in a bid to cure cancer (stock image)
Professor Fong is currently in Australia to organise the clinical trials, which will also be run overseas.
Patients with triple negative breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, bladder, gastric and bowel cancer would be tested in the ‘basket study’.
Success with mice does not ensure the virus will be able to treat humans, but Professor Fong remains positive, as other specific viruses have been effective in fighting cancer in humans.