Therapeutic strategy targeting cancer, back pain, viruses discovered at Wilfrid Laurier University – CBC

Researcher Stephanie DeWitte-Orr says discovery can change how we treat viruses

Oct 05, 2022

Cancer, back pain, viruses like COVID-19, and many other ailments may now potentially be treated or prevented using new therapeutic technology, discovered by a researcher from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, an associate professor at Laurier’s department of health sciences and biology, said the new technology can be customized to treat a variety of different ailments.

“We’ve used it to knock down virus production in human lung cells. We’ve used it to knock down oncogenes, so cancer-causing proteins, in brain tumour cells. We’re also working on lower back-pain models to see if we can knock down inflammation,” she said, adding that there are lots of other potential applications as well.

DeWitte-Orr, whose findings were recently published, said the molecules can be ingested through an inhaler to help people avoid getting sick with COVID-19.

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