How mRNA Vaccines Could Change the Fight Against Cancer

The pandemic’s grip on the globe could have been much worse had it not been for the speedy appearance and adoption of vaccines on the market.

Many of those vaccines owe their existence to a group of scientists in France who, in 1993, concocted a cocktail of mRNA and lipids to see if it could help mice overcome influenza. It was the first study that showed mRNA vaccines could be used to combat viruses, and what followed was a slew of newly-founded pharma companies banking on the promise of mRNA, which is responsible for protein production, to treat cancer. While many of those have yet to make it to market, COVID may propel them into the hands of cancer patients worldwide.


Two well-known vaccines in the U.S. are mRNA-based and the companies that produced them, Moderna and BioNTech, have long been tinkering with mRNA for oncology purposes before they

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Free medical, dental and vision services this weekend

Logo for RAM

Remote Area Medical — RAM — a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need — will hold a free, two-day clinic this weekend, May 21-22.

RAM will be set up at Jellico Elementary School, located at 551 Sunset Trail, Jellico, for only two days. All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental and medical services, as well as limited vision services, will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to a news release, the patient parking lot will open no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday night, May 20, and remain open for the duration of the clinic. Once in the parking lot, additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps will be provided. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m.

Medical services are offered free to every patient attending the

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