Giving Viruses a License to Kill…Cancer
Balveen Kaur of Ohio State University says scientists want to train viruses to be like James Bond, and give them a license to kill…cancer, that is. She and other research groups are working to make herpes, measles, and other viruses capable of targeting and destroying cancer cells. Kaur and Stephen Russell of the Mayo Clinic discuss advances in the field of cancer-killing viruses and how to move these treatments from the lab to the clinic.
Balveen Kaur is professor and vice chair of research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Stephen Russell is Richard O. Jacobson Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.
Becky Fogel is a newscast host and producer at Texas Standard, a daily news show broadcast by KUT in Austin, Texas. She was formerly Science Friday’s production assistant.