Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:49:46
According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the drug improves the body's immune response, assisting it in fighting tumor cells.
The study shows that as tumoral cells have specific target genes, each plant can be used to make a personalized vaccine for different patients.
Stanford University Medical Center researchers believe that the vaccine is unsuitable for preventative purposes.
They said that compared to the animal-derived vaccines, the plant-based drug is more effective in improving immune responses and can also be produced quicker and cheaper without the common infection risks associated with animal cells.
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