Saturday, March 22, 2008

Weakness in virus gives hope for cancer cure

ScienceDaily has the news.

Serious Weakness Found In Virus Responsible For Most Cervical Cancer

The virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer has a serious weakness which may provide hope for new treatments for the disease.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which causes several types of cancer but is particularly associated with cervical cancer, has developed clever ways of hiding in the body, but researchers at the University of Leeds have found that its ability to trick the body's first line of defence leaves it vulnerable to attack from a second defence system.

This sounds like a promising line, and hopefully the new knowledge can lead to a treatment for this virus, before it causes cancer.

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