mRNA cancer therapy now in human trials after shrinking mouse tumours

mRNA bound to RNA binding protein

Molecular model of messenger RNA (pink) complexed with an RNA binding protein (light blue)

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A cancer treatment that uses messenger RNA to launch an immune attack on cancer cells can completely shrink tumours in mice and is now being tested in people.

Messenger RNAs – or mRNAs – are molecules that instruct cells to make proteins. They have risen to fame with the roll out of mRNA covid-19 vaccines.

BioNTech, the German company that developed Pfizer’s mRNA covid-19 vaccine, is now testing whether mRNAs can be used to treat cancer …

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