New Bioengineered Vaccine to Fight Cancer

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  • 1. New Bioengineered Vaccine to Fight Cancer
  • 2. New Vaccination
      • Biomedical Engineers and Immunologists at Harvard University have found a new vaccine in pill form that may help remove tumors.
      • The Pill contains a tiny polymer disk saturated with antigens specifically tuned to go after tumor cells.
      • Vaccine aids in immunity
  • 3. Vaccines
      • The vaccines are magnetized nanodiscs, which induce cancerous cells to undergo apoptosis.
      • These vaccines have proven to work in animal testing (with mice), however has failed in trials in humans.
      • The vaccine is most effective
    • when inserted into the skin
    • where there is cancer.
  • 4. Video on Cancer Nanotechnology unlike other injected cancer vaccines, cells from the disk are less prone to die before they can get the job done.
  • 5. Outcome
      • The disks were implanted in mice with melanoma. The treatment led to remission and longer lives in a large portion of the mice population
      • However, it has not worked in human trails
      • Previous studies have looked into the potential use of magnetic fields to kill cancer cells via the cell death pathway, but they required too much power and proved to have some dangerous side effects.
  • 6. Sources
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di6lEUYvZfk
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di6lEUYvZfk
      • http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=conquering-cancer-with-implants-bio-2009-11-29
      • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/9102.htm