Published in Immunotherapy Weekly, October 11th, 2006
Oncolytic viruses, which include the naturally occurring reovirus, infect cancer cells while sparing healthy tissues. Once inside the tumor cell, the viruses produce thousands of copies of themselves, causing tumor cells to burst. After tumor cells die, viruses clear rapidly from the body without harming the patient.
More recently, however, it has been discovered that the reovirus may also have the potential to prime the body's own immune system to mount a defense against cancer cells....
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