Replication-selective virotherapy for cancer: Biological principles, risk management and future directions

Nat Med. 2001 Jul;7(7):781-7. doi: 10.1038/89901.


In the search for novel cancer therapies that can be used in conjunction with existing treatments, one promising area of research is the use of viral vectors and whole viruses. This review describes the underlying biological principles and current status of the field, outlines approaches for improving clinical effectiveness and discusses the unique safety and regulatory issues surrounding viral therapies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Risk Management
  • Virus Replication* / genetics
  • Viruses*