Published in Vaccine Weekly, April 23rd, 2003
Scientists are rigging up the vaccine to carry an extra load, genes that signal the immune system to start fighting advanced tumors.
Why use such a risky vaccine to do that job' The same super-reactive characteristics that make smallpox inoculation prone to some bad, occasionally deadly, side effects are, as the altered shots' creator puts it, "an immunologist's dream": They may rev up an immune system that too often misses cancer.
Although still in very early stages of research, the smallpox-turned-cancer shots look promising. They're the latest in a long quest to...
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