Correction: On 09th November, 2019, we published an article under the headline, "Scientists Have Reportedly Created A Virus That Can Kill All Types Of Cancer In Major Breakthrough". We now understand that it was misleading and was sourced from The Daily Mail article.

Petri dish study
Source: Daily Mail

Developed by an Australian biotech company Imugene, the overall engineering of the treatment can be credited to US cancer expert Professor Yuman Fong.


If everything goes as planned, the same medicine will be tested on breast cancer patients by next year.

Professor Yuman Fong
Source: News.com

After cancer became one of the most dreaded diseases in the world, a few scientists, led by Professor Fong, developed a virus which causes common cold, and turned it into a treatment alternative.


Where chemotherapy and other options are not 100% viable, this treatment apparently helped tumours shrink considerably in some cases. While in others, the cancerous cells disappeared for a long time before resurfacing.

Cancer cells
Source: MSN

Speaking on how he stumbled upon the idea of mixing cowpox, Professor Fong said:

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. The problem was if you made the virus toxic enough to kill cancer you were worried it would also kill man.

To get rid of this dilemma, Professor Fong started using cowpox - a harmless virus, which could be effectively used to treat smallpox 200 years ago.

Smallpox virus
Source: Wikipedia

Further, the virus is expected to infect the cancer cells and make them explode. This in turn can send signals to our immune system alerting it about the growth of other cancerous cells, prompting the diseased cells to be killed.

cancer cells exploding
Source: Medical News Today

Even though the effect of this virus is yet to be tested to perfection, scientists have shown faith in this trial.