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Three years ago, Wake Forest researchers discovered a mouse that could not get cancer no matter how hard they tried to give it the disease.
Now, they said white blood cells from that mouse's descendants were injected into ordinary mice with cancer and their disease was completely wiped out.
The mice did not suffer any side effects from the treatment. They had no problems with rejection.
White cells from a cancer patient would be combined in a test tube with the specific anti-cancer gene and then given back to the same patient.
A cure is still a long way off, but they believe that, like mice, there are humans out there with genes to fight cancer.
For example, out of all people who smoke, only a small percentage get cancer. What keeps them safe is still unknown.