Sugar Molecules to create Anticancer Vaccine

Hello everyone,

Guess what, I’m back with some interesting news. Picture this, sugar molecules to create anti-cancer vaccine. Doesn’t that sound interesting? So, let’s see what’s going on with that. Well, according to Eleanor Noss Whitney and Sharon Rady Rofles, cancer cells coated with sugar molecules, for example, are able to sneak by the cells of the immune system. Since the scientists acknowledged this truth, they’re trying to use sugar molecules to create an anticancer vaccine.

Here are some of the key Points about vaccines:

According to the National Cancer Institute, Cancer vaccines are designed to boost the body’s natural ability to protect itself, through the immune system, from dangers posed by damaged or abnormal cells such as cancer cells.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of vaccines to prevent cancer: vaccines against the hepatitis B virus, which can cause liver cancer, and vaccines against human papillomavirus types 16 and 18, which are responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.
The FDA has approved one cancer treatment vaccine for certain men with metastatic prostate cancer. Researchers are developing treatment vaccines against many types of cancer and testing them in clinical.
Here’s an example of a sugar molecule:

image from exploratorium.edu


Sucrose is actually two simpler sugars stuck together: fructose and glucose. In recipes, a little bit of acid (for example, some lemon juice or cream of tartar) will cause sucrose to break down into these two components.
Until next time, stay alert!

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