UPenn Researchers See Success With Using HIV Virus To Kill Cancer Cells [VIDEO]

Posted Aug 15, 2011

A research team being led by Dr. Carl June at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania have tested the use of the HIV virus to fight cancer. They used a harmless version of the HIV virus and combined it with genetically modified white blood cells to fight cancer.

The cells are taken from patients and modified with new genes to make them target cancer cells. These cells can multiply once injected which allows them to scale up inside the body.

The modified cells act as serial killers. They multiplied and killed all of the cancer cells in two patients. The modified cells remain in the body and have reactivated to kill new cancer cells as long as 12 months after they were first injected.

Leukemia is usually treated with medication, bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. However complications may arise using these methods. If you take this treatment and extrapolate it across hundreds and thousands of patients, we could see some real results in the quest for a cancer cure.