Genetically modified T- Cells, with developmental roots in Israel, might be one step closer to helping the fight against cancer.
27 out of 29 patients, in a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine not only saw their cancer go into remission, but in some cases it disappeared altogether.
These patient, all suffering from ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) participated in a study, receiving genetically modified T- cells, equipped with synthetics CAR (chimeric antigen receptors) molecules, which targeted and destroyed tumor cells.
Though we may find these results astounding, Professor Zelig Eshhar, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute and Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, is not surprised. Eshhar has been conducting T-cell research for over a decade and exclaims “In our lab, we cured many rats and mice of cancer. I have been saying for years that we can do this in people, as well.”
But, while this gives hope to many, it is important to remember that in this therapy, T- cells but be created for each specific cancer.
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-Information on study was taken from article by David Shamah, Times of Israel –
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