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Gene therapy could treat cancer

| | March 25, 2013
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A clinical trial using a patient’s own immune system to produce remissions in adults with acute leukemia could be a major breakthrough in the fight against all different kinds of cancer.

The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, took five patients with untreatable cancer, and using their own immune systems, injected genetic material into the patient’s white cells to turn them into cancer fighters. The modified white cells then went out in the body and destroyed all the cancer cells, causing the patients to go into remission, according to the study.

View the original article here: Gene Therapy Could Treat Cancer, Study Finds

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