In 10 seconds? Deeper knowledge of how genetic differences between people affect the immune system’s response to cancer is leading to the design of new anti-cancer vaccines.

What’s the story? In our Immunity vs Cancer series, we talked about the important role that immune cells called T cells play in protecting us from and even killing cancer cells. On that note, a lot of research is being done to develop vaccines that can direct our T cells to kill existing cancers (called therapeutic cancer vaccines). In this recent study, scientists who had been studying the details of how T cells might work to recognize and kill a certain type of blood cancer  have made progress towards developing a vaccine to help treat these cancers.

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