- A group of British scientists has discovered a new immune cell that could treat almost all cancers
- The new type of T-cell discovered is a receptor that latches on most human cancers and ignores healthy cells
- However, the studies have been conducted in mice and human cells as of the moment
- The scientists are planning to extend their studies with living patients within the year
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A group of British scientists has accidentally a new type of new immune cell that could possibly kill almost all cancers.
KAMI learned that the scientists found a new type of T-cell.
In a report by the Telegraph UK, the new immune cell carries a “never-before-seen” receptor that latches on most human cancers and ignores the healthy cells.
In the study, the newly-discovered immune cell could kill lung, skin, blood, colon, ovarian, kidney, cervical, bone, breast, and prostate cancer.
"There's a chance here to treat every patient. Previously nobody believed this could be possible,” researcher Prof Andrew Sewell said.
"It raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment, a single type of T-cell that could be capable of destroying many different types of cancers across the population,” he added.
According to Science Alert, T-cells are a type of white blood cell that activates by being in contact with defective or foreign cells in the body. It attacks them and helps fight off infection and disease.
However, the studies have only been conducted in mice and human cells, not yet with living patients. The researchers are planning to expand their studies to living patients within the year.
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