Articles: Vaccines

Human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced cervical cancer is on the cusp of turning from one of the deadliest cancers affecting women worldwide into a triumph of public health initiatives.

The first of these initiatives was the preventative HPV vaccines, now available, which protect women and men from HPV infection. The second assault on HPV may begin with the first therapeutic HPV vaccine that Wistar has just licensed for development. This vaccine will directly attack HPV-related cancer.

Cancer, vaccines

Vaccines take advantage of a remarkable ability of our immune system: it can remember viral infections for years, even decades, after they have first been encountered and defeated. While each individual antibody we make lasts only about a month, we retain the means of making that individual antibody for a lifetime, with rare exceptions.

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