Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor killer

Enlarge / T cells latch on to a cancer cell before killing it. (credit: NIH)

We've made some impressive advances toward inducing the immune system to attack cancers. One of these techniques, using CAR-T cells, is amazing. CAR-T cells are made by inserting receptors that recognize cancerous cells into a leukemia patient’s own T cells. This induces those T cells to recognize the patient’s tumor as the threat that it is and destroy it.

But, that T cells mount such an effective immune...

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