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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Seattle Scientists Clone Patients Immune Cells to "Fight" Cancer

Researchers have found a way to use billions of copies of a single immune cell to beat back advanced melanoma in a male patient, according to a report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle used 5 billion copies of a single immune cell from the patient, and those cells apparently have helped keep the patient in remission for more than two years, according to the report.

Scientists grew copies of the T-Cell in the laboratory. The goal is to use the approach some day to fight advanced cancer without more invasive methods like surgery and chemotherapy.

According to the report, eight other people received the treatment, though it is too early to determine if others responded as well as the male patient in question.

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