Friday, 14 June 2013

Using Math to Kill Cancer Cells

Interesting article posted by the Science Blog this week. A research project funded in part by a Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant explores the application of mathematical models on predicting how modifying the genome of a virus might counter the anti-viral defenses of cancer cells. 

Dr. Bell and co-author Dr. Mads Kaern, an assistant professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine and Canada Research Chair at the University’s Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, led a team that has used mathematical modelling to devise strategies for making cancer cells exquisitely sensitive to virus infection — killing them without affecting normal, healthy cells.
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