mRNA technology used in COVID vaccines now being tested to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases

The method used to make the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could change the future of medicine as we know it. Researchers inside the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research have been studying the same mRNA technology in the COVID-19 vaccines for the past decade.

What they’re discovering it can be used for now is groundbreaking. Professor and Director of the Forward Bio Institute at UW Madison Bill Murphy even called it “game-changing.” “The mRNA can encode for things that can be therapeutic,” Murphy said. “That might be activating the immune system to attack cancer, it might be producing monoclonal antibodies that allow cancer to be detected and ultimately attacked.”

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