Stem cells to light cancer?

Researchers from UCLA’s cancer and stem cell centers have demonstrated for the first time that blood stem cells can be engineered to create cancer-killing T-cells that seek out and attack a human melanoma.

Performed in mouse models, the study serves as the first proof-of- principle that blood stem cells, which make every type of cell found in the blood, can be genetically altered in a living organism to ceate an army of skin-cancer-fighting T-cells. Researchers hope this engineered immunity approach will translate to other cancers as well, including breast and prostate cancers.

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