Фото The Science Basement (c) Firas Hamdan

Catching A Virus, lecture

Catching a virus: Another flu or a treatment for cancer?

Catching a virus: Another flu or a treatment for cancer?

People see viruses as the villains of the movie, especially now during this pandemic. But what if they can also play the superhero role?

Back in the 19th century, it was seen that when people diagnosed with cancer were infected with a virus, they could go into remission. There have been hundreds of cases like this, with the most novel case being a 62-year-old man diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) who went into full remission after being infected with Sars-CoV-2.

How this occurs has been very difficult to pinpoint. However, many studies have seen that the immune cells can confuse cells with a viral infection and cancer cells and decide to kill them both. This mechanism is called molecular mimicry.

In this talk, it will be explained what it is and how it has been used it in the fight to defeat cancer.

Internet, Zoom
25.2.2021 at 16.30

Free of charge

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