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President Obama, giving the final State of the Union speech in his presidential career, said: “America can cure cancer.”

At the heart of that plan is the vice president. Joe Biden wrote on the website Medium on Tuesday that “the science is ready” to help accomplish his “moonshot.”

STAT senior science writer Sharon Begley spoke to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about how and why personalized cancer vaccines might figure into Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot.


Personalized cancer vaccines rally the immune system to identify and kill cancerous cells based on genetic information from the patient's own tumors. Alex Hogan and Hyacinth Empinado/STAT