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The impossible might be possible: UCLA scientists create anti-tumor, cancer-fighting immune cells

by Patt Morrison

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UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has created a battalion of tumor-seeking immune system cells Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Cancer is a highly elusive disease. Your body doesn’t even recognize it as an invader… it’s your cells, gone crazy. Sure, we attack our own body with allergies, but why can’t we attack one of the most deadliest and unsympathetic of diseases? UCLA cancer researchers just might have the answer with their new gene therapy, which could turn your immune cells into all out mercenaries, finding and devouring cancer cells. While it will take longer in humans than in the mice they’re testing on, could this be the final curtain for cancer?


Dr. Antoni Ribas, researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the senior author of the study; associate professor of hematology and oncology

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