We have all been praying for a cure to cancer for so long now. We’ve been donating to cancer charities and hoping against hope that somehow, some way, a cure for cancer will be found.
Here’s the good news: Scientists have found a cure for cancer in an unlikely place: the shells of a common plant.
By inhaling the shells of common plants, lung cancer patients triggered their immune systems to wipe out tumours. The plant shells also created systemic protection against metastases. This news comes to us from Case Western Reserve University and Dartmouth University. The news was published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
In the test, scientists put the hard coating of cowpea mosaic virus into tumours in order to disrupt the environment of the tumour and to trigger the immune system.
The tests were first conducted with mice, in which the scientists attacked B16F10 lung melanomas. The results showed complete success. The mice were free of tumours after the test. The mice were later injected with BF1610 skin melanoma to re-challenge the cured mice. Four out of five mice were shown to be cancer free.
The researchers are currently trying to discover precisely how the virus shell stimulates the immune system.
“It is not cytotoxic, there is no RNA involved or lipopolysaccarides that may be used as adjuvants, and it is not simply an irritant,” said Steven Fiering, professor of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. “We see a specific immune response.”
The virus shells stimulate neutophils, a white blood cell, though precisely how this affects tumours is unknown.
The researchers are confident that this cure will soon be used in conjunction with other cancer therapies to help cure cancer.