Vaccines and Viruses in Drug Delivery, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Viruses:  Yet another weapon for the war on cancer is a growing assortment of viruses that replicate in tumors and thereby kill them, while sparing healthy tissue.  Viruses are also being developed with the ability to carry a gene into a cancer, which makes the tumor more vulnerable to radiation and chemotherapy.  This new method will also lessen the side effects associated with conventional treatments. Onyx Pharmaceuticals and the former Calydon (now part of Cell Genesys) pioneered the modern application of viruses to cancer cells, using variants of the adenovirus (the cause of the common cold) to attack tumors.  Research…

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