This novel genetic method could lead to vaccine for life-threatening cancer!

The basic idea behind the technique is to replicate the structure of a virus. When the virus structure is ready, it is used as a platform onto which are glued harmless parts of the disease which you want to vaccinate against.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2016, 20:59 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: As per a research conducted by a group of Danish researchers, a novel genetic method has been developed that could prove effective in development of safe vaccines for deadly diseases like cancer and asthma.

The basic idea behind the technique is to replicate the structure of a virus. When the virus structure is ready, it is used as a platform onto which are glued harmless parts of the disease which you want to vaccinate against.

"The major research breakthrough is that we have created a general and user-friendly platform for the development of a special type of effective and safe vaccines,” said one of the researchers Adam Sander from University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

"The highly effective method opens a new door for controlling diseases such as cancer, asthma, allergies and cardiovascular diseases by means of vaccines,” Sander pointed out.

This creates an overall virus-like structure, which constitutes an important danger signal for the body. The immune system would therefore produce antibodies against the disease -- a mechanism which has been difficult to activate by traditional vaccines.

The technology is also so effective that it can trick the immune system into attacking the body's own cells, which may be used in the treatment of a number of serious diseases, such as cancer, which are not caused by foreign organisms, the study said.

(With IANS inputs)