Government funding has been key to new cancer vaccines

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Health & Science: Science News, Health News, Scientific Developments, Healthcare & Nutrition – The Washington Post
Government funding has been key to new cancer vaccines

Although nivolumab and other checkpoint inhibitors are being tested by drug companies, they owe their existence to federally backed basic science conducted at U.S. universities.

“This is absolutely publicly funded work,” says immunologist Gordon Freeman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He and fellow checkpoint-inhibition expert James Allison, an immunologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, learned about cancer research in an NIH-funded program while in high school in Texas.

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