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Diabetes drug cancer hope

4th June 2009

Research published in the journal Nature has suggested that a common anti-diabetes drug may boost the potency of vaccines against cancer.

Tests on mice found metformin, used for type 2 diabetes, helps the body's T-cells work more effectively. The team from McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania used an experimental cancer vaccine and found that when administered in mice, the diabetes drug appeared to improve the strength of the inoculation. Cancer Research UK described the work as "a fascinating piece of research".


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