Custom vaccines created from plants

July 21, 2008 6:46:55 PM PDT
Tobacco plants are usually associated with causing cancer, but Stanford University scientists may have found a way to use the plants to help fight it.

Researchers say they can create a personalized vaccine for lymphoma patients by coaxing the plants into creating antibodies for the disease.

They believe the vaccine may be able to spark patients' immune system to attack the cancer, without the side effects associated with other cancer treatments.

A new, larger study is in the works to determine if the vaccine really does work.