Daily Telegraph has posted an interesting Sky News Australia video on their website, in which they talk about the creation of a cowpox-like virus that can kill every known type of cancer. This development has also been reported by other online news websites such as Mailonline, Newshub and news.com.au.

Cancer treatment based on cowpox-like virus, CF33, that kills every known cancer – Source: Sky News Australia Youtube Channel

The man behind this exciting development is American Professor Yumang Fong. The new virus is called CF33, and it has been tested in a petri dish, where it successfully killed every known type of cancer cells. It also successfully shrank tumors in mice.

Australia biotech company Imugene licenced the technology developed by Professor Fong.  Clinical trials on patients suffering from a range of cancers will be conducted in Australia next year. Tripple negative breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, bladder, gastric and bowel cancer are some of the cancers that will be targeted in the trials.

According to the Daily Telegraph, once the CF33 virus is injected into the tumor, it multiplies and bursts the cancer cells. Then the immune system gets alerted about the presence of other cancer cells in the body, and it responds by eliminating them. Professor Fong said cowpox, which proved to successfully protect people from smallpox 200 years ago, is known to be harmless in humans.

According to Professor Fong, there was evidence that viruses could kill cancer from the early 1900s when people vaccinated against rabies had their cancer disappear, they went into remission. He further mentions that the problem was if you made the virus toxic enough to kill cancer you were worried it would also kill the man.

While many people who have been commenting on the Sky News Australia video are skeptical of this development, I am excited by this development. I will be following this development and write more about it when the trials begin.