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When the Solution is Worse than the Problem

Through Carcinogenesis, Dendritic Cells Help Create Their Own Work

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cancer vaccines such as Dendreon Corp.'s Provenge (sipuleucel-T) harness dendritic cells to fight tumors. In fact, the discoverer of dendritic cells – Ralph Steinman, who in 2011 won the first posthumous Nobel Prize for his discovery – treated himself with therapies based on his own discovery after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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