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First human trial of cancer-killing drug conducted: all you need to know

The drug is a genetically engineered virus that targets and kills cancer-causing cells and tumours.

In what could be a major breakthrough in curing cancer in humans, an experimental cancer-killing drug has been administered to the first human test subject ever.

The of the trial is to find if the drug which has been tentatively named CF33-hNIS is safe for use in humans, and effective in killing off cancerous tumours.

The drug is a genetically engineered virus that targets and kills cancer-causing cells and tumours. The name of the drug candidate is Vaxinia.

CF33-hNIS is an "oncolytic virus" which was genetically modified to target, infect, and kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.

CF33-hNIS is classified as a "chimeric vaccinia poxvirus" and it was developed by Professor Yuman Fong, Chairman of the Sangiacomo Family in Surgical Oncology at the City of Hope hospital in the United States of America.

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Oncolytic viruses, by design, target and selectively kill tumour cells, while simultaneously stimulating the immune system to act against cancerous tissue.

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