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Jun 28, 2021

Researchers engineer cells to destroy malignant tumor cells but leave the rest alone

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a promising new cancer immunotherapy that uses cancer-killing cells genetically engineered outside the body to find and destroy malignant tumors.

The modified “natural killer” can differentiate between and that are often intermingled in and around tumors, destroying only the targeted cells.

The natural killer cells’ ability to distinguish the , even from healthy cells that bear similar markers, brings new promise to this branch of immunotherapy, say members of the research team behind a paper published in the current issue of the journal iScience, newly posted on the PubMed database.

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