‘Smart’ immune cells kill tumours and stop them regrowing in mice

A person having blood drawn for CAR-T therapy

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Immune cells programmed to attack tumours in a smarter way have shrunk brain and ovarian tumours in mice studies where unaltered immune cells failed. The technology could be used to treat cancers as well as degenerative brain disorders.

“We have more control over what the cell does when it reaches the disease site,” says Kole Roybal at the University of California, San Francisco. “We can really program in very specific functions.”

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