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Cancer Vaccine That Mimics Lymph Node

SubComdTaco (1199449) writes | more than 4 years ago


SubComdTaco (1199449) writes "Harvard is reporting on their approach towards a implantable cancer vaccine. To anyone familiar with how the immune system works, this appears to be a synthetic lymph node, a bit of intriguing biomimicry.wikipedia biomimicry

From the article:
"ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2009) â½Ââ A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, scientists recently reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The new approach, pioneered by bioengineers and immunologists at Harvard University, uses plastic disks impregnated with tumor-specific antigens and implanted under the skin to reprogram the mammalian immune system to attack tumors. The new paper describes the use of such implants to eradicate melanoma tumors in mice.""

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Sounds good, but... (1)

t33jster (1239616) | more than 4 years ago | (#30247684)

reprogram the mammalian immune system to attack tumors.

I've written enough code with good intentions and bad outcomes to shy away from messing with certain systems.

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