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UGA researchers work on breast cancer vaccine

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

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

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

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."