Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cancer-Fighting Breakthrough

A Japanese research study grew in the laboratory a vast number of cells that can attack cancer and HIV, and could potentially be used to fight disease. The cells naturally occur in small numbers, but it is hoped injecting huge quantities back into a patient could turbo-charge the immune system. The researchers concentrated on a type of white blood cell known as a cytotoxic T-cell, which can recognize telltale markings of infection or cancer on the surfaces of cells. If a marking is recognized, it launches an attack.

cancer, medicine, HIV, T-cell

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