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Cancer vaccine implant kills tumours in mice

Cancer cells evade the immune system because the body does not see them as a threat.

Professor David Mooney and a team at Harvard University have come up with a breakthrough technique that works in mice.

They used an implant under the skin that attracts a specific immune system cell – a dendritic cell. The team put proteins inside the implant that are found only on the surface of the cancer cells to be targetted.

The dendritic cells learn to recognise these as dangerous, move to the lymph nodes and there pass on the information to another type of immune system cells – T-cells. The T-cells then destroyed the cancer cells.

Further research is needed to adapt the technology to work in humans.


November 26, 2009 - Posted by | Cancer, David Mooney, Health, Medicine/Treatment


  1. Talked to the company that is commercializing this technology yesterday. They said that the human design is ready and they plan to be in the clinic next year.

    Comment by Steven Winn | November 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Dear Mr. Winn,
      My mother is ill with cancer. Could you , please, be so kind and give me the contacts of the company which commercializing this technology.
      I need more information. We want to take part in any tests, projects, researches of this vaccine.
      Or we are ready to buy this vaccine now.
      This is really our last chance.
      Thanks in advance,
      Natalie Gladunchik

      Comment by Natalie Gladunchik | November 27, 2009 | Reply

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