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NEWS: Cancer Vaccine Possibly to be Produced From Australian Virus

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posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 02:42 AM
The Kunjin Virus, a mosquito borne virus found in northern Australia may hold the key to production of a cancer vaccine for cancer patients and HIV patients. The virus has successfully had a gene altered to alert the immune system to the cancer cells being 'bad' and has cured cancerous cells in mice. Human trials are still needed to make the vaccine a commercial reality and it is believed the new vaccine will take five years to be released onto the market.
"So this is a generic technology that allows us to transport genes into cells," he said.

"Why do we want to do that? Because many genes are actually of therapeutic benefit, so we're basically using this Kunjin system to deliver medicines into cells."

"We are scientists, we don't say for sure because research is one thing and getting the vaccine to the market is a different thing," he said.

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Queensland Institute of Medical Research has formed a company with the Department of Health and hopes to market the vaccine after human trials which also may hold the key to cure for other viruses and diseases including the Ebola virus.

It is most unusual for a mosquito to hold the key to curing a virus after being the blame for the spread of many viruses in the world today. It is an exciting development in the search for a cure of these diseases which are often fatal to their sufferers.

The Kunjin Virus is a variant of the more common mosquito borne West Nile Virus.

Related Link
Kunjin Virus Fact Sheet

[edit on 31-3-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Apr, 3 2005 @ 12:36 PM
i think this is a great find and may cure some really bad illness in mankind.hats off to those who have figured out that a virus can cure a disease..........

posted on Apr, 3 2005 @ 12:45 PM
I'm a big proponent of using viral vectors to cure other illnesses, but I think caution is in order. If this thing gets out of hand, it could be..very, very bad.

The closer to the sun we get, the more likely it is that we'll melt our wings and fall to earth.

As far as preventing cancer, proper breathing has been shown to reduce the incidences of cancer by up to 75% if memory serves, along with nutritious food, proper vitamin and mineral intake, and a steady, lengthy sleep cycle, there's few things the average human immune system can't fight off.


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