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Virus injection could kill brain tumour cells

14 February 2014 Last updated at 14:28 GMT

Injecting brain tumours with a virus could kill cancer cells but leave healthy cells unharmed, researchers suggest.

Scientists at the University of Leeds have been given a £3 million grant to research the method over five years.

Because the treatment is non-toxic, they hope it could be used on elderly patients and children.

Neuro-oncologist Susan Short, who is leading the project, told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "We're hoping that before the end of the year we can offer the treatment within clinical studies."