Smart molecules trigger white blood cells to become better cancer-eating machines

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10/06/2017 10:44 AM EDT

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A team of researchers has engineered smart protein molecules that can reprogram white blood cells to ignore a self-defense signaling mechanism that cancer cells use to survive and spread in the body. Researchers say the advance could lead to a new method of re-engineering immune cells to fight cancer and infectious diseases. The team successfully tested this method in a live cell culture system.

Full story at http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=2326

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University of California, San Diego

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