Articles like this support my longstanding thought that perhaps everything we need is right here on earth (assuming we don’t slash, burn, or exterminate it before we realize its value).
Researchers at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago are previewing results of an approach to cure brain cancer. What they’ve found is that certain brain cancer cells are remarkably receptive to drawing in a modified version of the virus that causes polio. Once inside, the virus destroys the cancer cell (as well as promotes our own immune fighters to clear the now-infected tumor cell). The modification to the virus, incidentally, is to ensure that the patient doesn’t then wind up with polio.
So far, promising results for an entity that, like Smallpox, one could easily make a case for purposeful and permanent eradication.