April 2, 1996 in Nation/World

Vaccine May Help Body Fight Cancer

Compiled From Wire Services

A vaccine from genetically engineered cells eradicates tumors in laboratory rats and may be ready for testing on a vicious kind of human brain cancer by this summer, researchers say.

Habib Fakhrai, a University of California, Los Angeles, cancer scientist, said the vaccine has the effect of removing a biological disguise from cancer cells, thus turning them into targets that are tracked down and killed by the body’s own immune system.

Fakhrai is the lead author of a study that will be published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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