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Mar 9, 2020

Immune cell which kills most cancers discovered by accident by British scientists in major breakthrough

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3D illustration of a cancer cell in the process of mitosis. 3D illustration of a cancer cell in the process of mitosis. A new type of immune cell which kills most cancers has been discovered by accident by British scientists, in a finding which could herald a major breakthrough in treatment.

Researchers at Cardiff University were analysing blood from a bank in Wales, looking for immune cells that could fight bacteria, when they found an entirely new type of T-cell.

That new immune cell carries a never-before-seen receptor which acts like a grappling hook, latching on to most human cancers, while ignoring healthy cells.

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