New, Faster Method Of Gene Editing Allows Scientists To Turn T Cells Into ‘Living Cancer Drugs’

The Washington Post: With New Genes And An Electric Shock, Scientists Turn Immune Cells Against Cancer

A promising new class of cancer treatments recruits the cells in our blood to fight tumors, using powerful gene-editing tools to transform a type of white blood cell — called a T cell — from an immune cell that normally targets bacterial or fungal infections into a living cancer drug. The genetic alterations could boost immune systems to successfully fight cancers on their own. Researchers remove T cells from patients and slip new genes into the cells. After clinicians return the modified T cells to patients, the cells, like microscopic bloodhounds, lead the immune system on the hunt for tumors. (Guarino, 7/11)

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