Antidote to a Deadly Brain Cancer found in Zika Virus

Published By : 20 Sep 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

There is something good that comes out from the bad. It is all the matter of time. Back in 1950s when Zika virus was spreading out in most parts of Asia and Africa, we cursed mosquitoes. Just a couple of years back in 2016 the same Zika virus gave the worst health story. Now, the same virus is found to be have the potential to stop glioblastoma multiforme or GBM, the deadliest form of brain cancer in adults. The deadliest factor of GBM is that the tumors could grow back even after surgery and chemotherapy.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, Glioblastomas are typically malignant and aggressive brain tumors that comprise of a variety of cell types. Most of the patients having GBM survive only for two years, and those who are initially diagnosed, outlive up to five years. Researchers in a new study observed that the cancer cells normally remain in the nervous system and tend to multiply near the central nervous system where the original tumor is located. This has prompted the researchers to opt for a local therapy so that they can target specified cells like that of the Zika virus.

Zika Virus Experiment Successful on Mice

In an experiment done on mice having GBM, when a typical strain of Zika virus was injected into its brain directly, it prolonged the mice’s life. Although successful, this experiment could however still be dangerous in adults and so the scientists are still continuing more research, this time with a neutered version of the Zika virus. This research is being done with the aim to prepare a vaccine for brain cancer.

Just like the Zika virus, there are other viruses that may have the potential to stop the incurable brain cancer. The viruses that cause measles and polio are also under examined with the hope to find better remedies and hence, a success in killing cancer altogether. It is said that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement and hopefully this optimism may someday bring us to a cancer- free world.

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