Monthly Archive for August, 2011

Attacking Leukemia with T-Cells

A report published today in the New England Journal of Medicine details a potential new treatment not only for Leukemia but for other cancers as well.

Go read the full report for further details, but in a nutshell, researchers at Univ. of Pennsylvania harvested T-cells from patients with Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia.  They then genetically modified them to target the cancer cells, as well as modifying them so that, unlike in previous similar trials, the modified cells would proliferate and persisit in-vivo.  They then transfused the cells back into the patients.

While this is a VERY small trial, the results were beyond delightful. 

Lets hope the better funding they are almost certain to receive leads to something remarkable.

Kudos to science!!


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