Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cancer-Killing Vaccine???

Found some amazing science news today and thought I'd share. Recently a lab in Germany has made some breakthroughs on a vaccine that delivers RNA to dendritic cells in order to exploit the body's antiviral defense and work as a type of immunotherapy for all types of cancer. While this isn't necessarily the "cancer cure" that the world is hoping for, it could lead to a whole new level of cancer treatment. This vaccine has passed mouse trials and already been tested in low doses in three melanoma patients.  So far these patients have yielded positive, and expected results correlating with the low-dose treatment and more human trials are on the way! The paper was published online in Nature today - check it out.
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature18300.html

-Katie

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