I think we can agree that the common cold sucks. I also think we can agree that it doesn't suck nearly as badly as cancer. Researchers at the Salk Institute
, though, may be on the trail of a way to turn the lesser of these two evils into a weapon in the fight against the other. This week, a study in the journal Cell
reports that the Salk team has taken steps toward hijacking the common cold's ability to disable immune responses within cells.
That could lead to engineered cold viruses that hunt down and destroy cancer cells
, while leaving healthy cells in peace.