'Exciting' step towards personal cancer vaccines
Radio New Zealand
April 3, 2015 6:15 pm
Safety tests on three people, published in the journal Science, showed the immune system could be trained to fight skin cancers.
The American team said the early results marked a “significant step” towards personalised cancer vaccines.
The charity Cancer Research UK called the tests an “exciting but very early-stage trial”.
UV light can transform healthy skin cells into deadly melanomas by damaging the DNA.
The tumours are a genetic mess, containing hundreds of random mutations that are different in every patient.