Cancer Immunotherapy, Progress

Via EurekAlert, news of one portion of the funding coming into immunotherapy research to cure cancer. "A pre-clinical research project [which] will advance understanding of how cancer cells evade the immune system, has been awarded nearly €12m by the EU. The European Union Framework Programme (FP6) will enable doctors to improve 'T-cell mediated immunotherapy', which has the potential to fight a broad range of cancers.
... an international consortium of 16 partners, who will collaborate on the process of engineering T-cells. T-cells are part of the body's immune defense machinery which naturally protects against infections and some cancers and can be used to treat some malignant disease, but many cancers avoid destruction by the immune system. The project team hopes that state of the art technologies can be used to modify the T-cells, to hunt down and destroy cancer tumours."

Link: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-11/uom-meg110705.php

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