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Personal cancer vaccine research ‘exciting’ say experts
BBC News

Tailor-made cancer vaccines that target unique genetic errors in a patient’s tumour have been developed in the US. Safety tests on three people, published in the journal Science, showed the immune system could be trained to fight skin cancers.

The American team say the early results mark a “significant step” towards personalised cancer vaccines.

The charity Cancer Research UK called the tests an “exciting but very early-stage trial”.

UV light can transform healthy skin cells into deadly melanomas by damaging the DNA. The tumours are a genetic mess, containing hundreds of random mutations that are different in every patient.