A problem with modern medicine is that tests for most infectious agents are only given on the basis of symptoms. However, it is well known that some chronic infections have virtually no symptoms and yet lead to cancer. An example of this is the Human papilloma virus which can lead to Cervical Cancer.
For the last 100 years it has been suspected that an unknown infection could be the cause of Childhood Leukaemia. The Viral Oncology Research Laboratories are working on identifying these unknown silent infections without any prior knowledge of what to test for.
The laboratory’s new procedure has now provided the strongest evidence yet for the presence of an unidentified member of a specific type of virus in children with leukaemia. The Laboratory’s hunt to identify this pathogen is now on.
An added bonus is that this new diagnostic procedure can also be used to identify other unidentified pathogens which may cause many so called “idiopathic” diseases. Examples of such diseases are multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and many others.