University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.
For patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant can be both curative and perilous. It replenishes marrow lost to disease or chemotherapy but raises the risk that newly transplanted white blood cells will attack the recipient’s body.
Now researchers say the myxoma virus, found in rabbits, can do double duty, quelling the unwanted side effects of a bone marrow transplant and destroying cancer cells.
Why is it not a treatment? This is likely preliminary findings on white blood cells in a petri dish. It needs a delivery mechanism, dosage calculate and long term study… It’s like vitamin C – eating high concentrations just gets filtered out, so there’s tests about injection to bypass safeguards.