Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells
Recent research from Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells. This was recently published in the Journal for Experimental Medicine.
The Zika virus, is best known for infecting and killing cells in the brains of fetuses, causing babies to be born with tiny misshapen heads, and came to media prominence in Australia in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Targeting the Zika virus at malignant cells in the brain, could potentially improve people's chances against a brain cancer, glioblastoma (GBM). The research study showed "the Zika virus can kill the kind of glioblastoma cells that tend to be resistant to current brain cancer treatments".
The Zika virus may one day be able to be used in combination with existing treatments & therapies to eradicate the whole tumour.
Additional research is still required in regards to the potential benefits of using the Zika virus, but this recent study shows the importance of funding additional research into brain cancer. With additional funding & research, the longevity & lives of those affected by brain cancer can be improved, the prognosis of which has remained relative stagnant for the last 30 years. Now is the time to make a difference by donating to brain cancer research.
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