Could we synthesize Ebola to kill cancer?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 11, 2020 10:48 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 11, 2020 10:48 AM

Why would we need to synthesize Ebola when we currently have the real thing spreading in Africa? And why choose Ebola and not another virus? There is nothing that I know of in the natural history of an Ebola infection that would make it especially useful in attacking cancer cells.

Do you mean genetically modify Ebola to kill cancer? I’m not sure that would be a good idea. To do genetic modification, researchers would have to work with active Ebola. Making a mistake in that work could expose the researchers to infection. That could cause them to become seriously ill or even cause their deaths. And there would be the risk that they could then infect others.

Right now we’re probably much better in trying to prevent the spread of this lethal virus while we work to produce an effective vaccine against it.

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