This is something that will be relevant in almost everyone's lives, either personally or affecting someone very close to them.
We are learning more every day about using the body's own immune system to attack common and debilitating diseases. The so-called "Killer" T-Cells, which are now being looked at to target conditions that have so far proved incurable to modern scientific chemicals, have been available to us all along!
I'll be watching this thread with interest.
Scientists have taken a “very positive step” towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the body’s immune system attack tumours as if they were a virus, experts have said. Writing in Nature, an international team of researchers described how they had taken pieces of cancer’s genetic RNA code, put them into tiny nanoparticles of fat and then injected the mixture into the bloodstreams of three patients in the advanced stages of the disease. The patients' immune systems responded by producing "killer" T-cells designed to attack cancer. The vaccine was also found to be effective in fighting “aggressively growing” tumours in mice, according to researchers, who were led by Professor Ugur Sahin. “Such vaccines are fast and inexpensive to produce, and virtually any tumour antigen [a protein attacked by the immune system] can be encoded by RNA,"