Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital say a new therapy could help treat children with certain types of cancer.
Scientists have studied viral therapy in adults using herpes simplex, the cold sore virus.
Viruses are slightly altered in the lab and then injected into a solid cancer tumor - which has been seen to shrink and disappear.
"If you think about what a virus usually does to cause disease, it enters a cell and turns the cell into a virus factory because it wants to make more of itself and spread, and in doing so, it turns that cell once it exhausts all the resources in that factory, the factory dies," said Dr. Timothy Cripe.
Cripe and his team will start a clinical trial to study the therapy for use in treating pediatric cancers like neuroblastoma and sarcoma.
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