Ancestry, 23andMe, and other genetic testing companies have agreed that they will be upfront with customers when they share their DNA with companies, researchers, or authorities.
Personalized melanoma vaccines can be used to marshal a powerful immune response against unique mutations in patients’ tumors, according to early data in a first-in-people clinical trial at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The tailor-made vaccines, given to three patients with advanced melanoma, appeared to increase the number and diversity of cancer-fighting T cells responding to the tumors. The finding is a boost to cancer immunotherapy, a treatment strategy that unleashes the immune system to seek out and destroy cancer. The research is reported April 2 in Science Express, in a special issue devoted to cancer immunology and immunotherapy.