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In an ironic twist to the relationship between tobacco and human health, it would seem that the future of the plant may lie in growing vaccines against cancer. Researchers in the US took antibodies from patients with a type of lymphoma, grew them in tobacco plants, extracted them, and reinjected the individualized vaccines back into the patients, where in most cases it produced an immune response that helped to fight the cancer.

The research was the work of scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and constitutes the first human tests of an injectable vaccine grown in plants. The study was published online ahead of print on 21st July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS.
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by Andres, on August 06 2008:
More info on cancer vaccines:
Training the immune System to fight Cancer
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2004/504_cancer.html


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