Researchers Alter Tobacco Plant To Make Cancer Vaccine

July 22, 2008

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has managed to genetically alter a tobacco plant, turning it into a cancer vaccine.....Boston (ChattahBox) – Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has managed to genetically alter a tobacco plant, turning it into a cancer vaccine.

The plant was used to create a cancer vaccine to fight a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, known as follicular B-cell lymphoma.

This type of cancer is chronic, and is diagnosed in over 15,000 people each year.

The plant is used to create a vaccine which helps with the build-up of antibodies, stopping the spread of the cancer.

As of now, before the vaccine, the only way to fight the disease was with chemotherapy.

The vaccine has been tested successfully on humans and the study has been published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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