Friday, June 27, 2008
Cuba has approved a therapeutic cancer vaccine developed by the Centro de inmunologia molecular in Havana. The general idea, pursued by many research groups, is to teach the immune system to recognise and attack an existing cancer. So unlike vaccines against infectious diseases, this one doesn't prevent the disease, but it may help to cure it. The breakthrough, believed to be a world first, is reported in yesterday's edition of the Guardian.