Via Scoop.it – Health Innovation
Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses the body’s immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer.
In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine on Sunday, researchers from Britain and the United States said that in early tests in mice with prostate cancer, their experimental vaccine was able to shrink tumors, suggesting it could be developed in the future into a treatment for cancer patients.
“Using the immune system to treat cancer is a very exciting area at the moment,” Alan Melcher of Leeds University, who co-led the study, said in an interview. “What we’ve done is to develop a new approach which builds on a promising foundation.”
- Experimental Vaccine Seems to Cure Prostate Cancer in Mice (nlm.nih.gov)
- New cancer vaccine wipes out prostate cancer tumors in mice (fiercebiotech.com)
- Cancer vaccine discovery can zap tumours (mazumdarshawcancercenter.wordpress.com)
- Mayo Clinic researchers use human vaccine to cure prostate cancer in mice (eurekalert.org)
- The first cancer vaccine that works [Medical Breakthrough] (io9.com)
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