“It worked great, you wouldn’t even know that she’s received any vaccines. She eats normal, she acts like a normal dog, no pain, nothing, no side effects,” the owner of the dog said. The vaccine uses gene therapy to help the immune system kill cancer cells. It works by splicing a special gene into the DNA of tumor cells, turning them into visible targets for the immune system to attack.
Even though the research has been almost 20 years in the making, it’s still not approved for use in humans. For now it’s being used only in animals, mostly dogs and horses. However, there are many desperate human cases without solution. This is why one recommendation of the summit will be to modify current policies for compassionate use of products not yet approved by the FDA.