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WASHINGTON -- The smallpox vaccine may be reborn -- as a cancer treatment. Scientists are rigging up the vaccine to carry an extra load, genes that signal the immune system to start fighting advanced tumors. Why use such a risky vaccine to do that job? The same super- reactive characteristics that make smallpox inoculation prone to some bad, occasionally deadly, side effects are, as the altered shots' creator puts it, "an immunologist's dream": They may rev up an immune system that too often misses cancer.
Please be aware though that this was not the smallpox vaccine. This was the live virus itself.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
And correct me if I am wrong, but isnt the smallpox vaccine like a flu shot? In other words its not a "dead virus"