Scientist studying the way the body naturally fights cancer have discovered a method of producing the specialized cells that attack tumors. The
treatment involves extracting the patient’s own stem cells and re-injecting them after they have been modified into the beneficial type.
The team said they had found that a gene called Vitamin D3 Upregulated Protein 1 (VDUP1) plays a crucial role in directing stem cells to diversify
into immune cells known as natural killer cells.
"We have also succeeded in developing technology needed to induce stem cells obtained from a patient's bone marrow to diversify into immune cells
and activate them.
"This is the first step toward developing new treatments using our own immune system to fight cancers and other serious diseases."
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Any new treatment that can supplement, and hopefully replace, the current conventional regimens of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery will be
welcomed by many, physicians and patients. It seems reasonable to assume that enhancing the body’s own immune system to fight a cancer would be less
like to produce the sometimes crippling side effects associated with treatment.
The study also touches on the effectiveness of these cancer killing cells against virus-infected cells. This definitely sounds like an avenue of
investigation that could be of great value to the world's population which is now faced with growing viral threats such as HIV.
I am with you, infinite8. It is great that the science is improving, but it is a pity that it comes too late to help those who have already faced the
situation. I hope that we really are on the cusp of a radical new direction in cancer therapy. That would be about the most exciting development of my
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