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Viruses as Powerful Tools Cure Cancers and Genetic Diseases | Adam Schieferecke | TEDxMHK

vor 2 Jahren

Viruses are conventionally thought of as the bad guys: antagonists that can cause destruction in our bodies, sicknesses, birth defects, and even kill us. Adam suggests that they may also be beneficial, and possibly required for human survival.

Adam is interested in the idea of using viruses as beneficial tools to help treat human genetic diseases such as cancer. He worked three academic years characterizing oncolytic (cancer-killing) poxviruses in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. He completed a 2015 summer internship in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University, which resulted in his co-authorship of a scientific manuscript published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. He studied measles virus replication as a 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Virology and Gene Therapy Track at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar, which is the United States’ premier honor for college students in mathematics, natural science, and engineering fields. His additional interest in the intersection between science and public policy led to his nomination to represent Kansas State University in the 2017 Harry Truman Scholarship competition.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at