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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:38am

UGA Developing Breast Cancer Vaccine

Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona announced Monday they have developed a vaccine that attacks breast cancer in mice.

UGA said in a release that the vaccine dramatically reduces tumors in a mouse model that mimics the majority of human breast and pancreatic cancer cases.

UGA scientist Geert-Jan Boons said the vaccine is part of a new strategy for treating cancer. Boons said the strategy "elicits a very strong immune response."

The vaccine was described this week in an edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.