Scientists have been able to isolate pure cancer stem cells and generate a vaccine that strengthens the bodies immune response to such cells. The objective of the vaccine is to strengthen antibodies and T cells, and to increase their response in the event of a cancerous cell buildup. Despite being called "stem cells" these cancer cells are a separate branch and are distinct from embryonic stem cells, which only helps the development of this vaccine when it boils down to the morality of the situation.
Doctor Qiao Li PhD. of the University of Michigan has observed the effectiveness of this vaccine first hand. Li has stated the the immunological response of the antibodies and T cells increased dramatically after the administration of said vaccine. The antibodies were able to detect the cancerous cells much more effectively and seek out and destroy them once detected.
Currently the testing is still in the realm of lab rats and cell cultures, but the results look promising. The most optimistic factor of this development, is that it just one of many of its kind that are rapidly emerging. Could science be on the verge of a cure for cancer in not just one method, but many? Only human trial results will tell; as for now the developing methods are proving to be more than promising.
- Jeff Keating (2)