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Can virus jab combat cancer?

3rd October 2007

A vaccine for a common virus is being used to help fight cancer.

Initial tests used the vaccine for the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) – which is a herpes virus widespread in all human populations - to stimulate the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells and they have shown promising results.

In the study by the University of Birmingham and the Royal Marsden Hospital, which was presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, researchers recorded a heightened immune response to cancer cells infected with EBV.

 

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