Russian scientists have created a unique method to understand how oncolytic viruses pointly destroy cancer cells. TASS informs about it.
Kateryna Parkhomchuk, a senior researcher at the Laboratory of Radio Carbon Methods of Analysis of the University’s Faculty of Physics, told the agency that with the new method researchers can study the ability of oncolytic viruses to be selective in destroying cancer cells. It will also be possible to detect the content of viruses in any biological object.
Recall that oncolytic viruses can selectively destroy cancer cells without affecting human health. This method of cancer treatment is considered one of the most gentle.
In order to develop the method, scientists from Novosibirsk State University observed the flu virus on the example of how it concentrates in different tissues of living creatures. For this purpose, they introduced into the virus the so-called radio carbon label – carbon isotope (C14), with which scientists recorded on a device that determines the movement of masses of molecules (gas pedal mass spectrometer), where the virus accumulates most of all.
It is planned that the new method will be one of the most advanced Russian developments to combat different types of cancer.