Engineering viruses to target cancer
Dr Alan Parker
Dr Alan Parker and his team at Cardiff University are researching the effectiveness of special viruses that have been engineered to infect and kill ovarian cancer cells.
Normally, these viruses – known as adenoviruses – can cause coughs and colds. But by modifying these viruses to infect cancer cells instead of healthy cells, the team are exploring how an engineered virus could be used to target and kill cancer.
So far, the team has tested the virus on ovarian cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy.
"In the lab, we’ve shown that this engineered virus has the ability to destroy tumour cells, leaving healthy tissue unharmed."