Washington: Researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that a genetically engineered Newcastle disease virus, which harms chickens but not humans, kills prostate cancer cells of all kinds, including hormone-resistant cancer cells.The study was conducted by Dr. Elankumaran Subbiah, associate professor of virology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, along with Dr. Siba Samal, associate dean and chairman of the University of Maryland`s Department of Veterinary Medicine, and Shobana Raghunath, a graduate student in Subbiah`s laboratory."This potential treatment is available for immediate pre-clinical and clinical trials, but these are typically not done at the university level," Subbiah said."We are looking for commercial entities that are interested in licensing the technology for human clinical trials and treatment. Newcastle disease virus has yet to be tested as a treatment for prostate cancer in patients," he added.
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