Skin cancers, including melanoma, are a serious health concern. For decades researcher have been searching to find effective treatment option for melanoma, and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may have just discovered one.
The researchers have created a patch of microneedles that can safely and painlessly applied to skin to administer a vaccine in under one minute. Their patch has been created using a layer-by-layer coating method that reacts with the pH of the skin, enabling the microneedles to effectively deliver the medication under the skin quickly.
These patches have been tested on mice and it was discovered that they were more effective in creating an antibody response by the immune system than either intramuscular, or subcutaneous injections. The melanoma vaccine includes melanoma markers, and a substance that enhances the immune response. The team plans to now test the patches and vaccine on melanoma tumors in mice.
Source: Science Daily
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