Bayer begins human testing of cancer vaccine derived from tobacco plants

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It's possible the big breakthrough in cancer vaccines will come from one of the most ironic and unexpected of places—the good ol' tobacco plant.

Bayer Innovation has began a landmark clinical Phase I study of a patient-specific vaccine developed by obtaining proteins from tobacco plants using its proprietary "magnICON® technology". A small cohort of 20 patients previously treated with chemotherapy and in remission from B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas will receive six vaccine injections over a six month period. Ideally, the vaccine should fire up the subject's immune system and direct it to attack malignant lymphoma cells.

By Ross Bonander

Source: MedicalNewsToday.com

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