Transferring Cancer Resistance

Via, a look at transferring cancer resistance between mice and what that could mean for human cancer therapies: "Three years ago, Wake Forest researchers discovered a mouse that could not get cancer no matter how hard they tried to give it the disease. ... white blood cells from that mouse's descendants were injected into ordinary mice with cancer and their disease was completely wiped out. The treatment worked with a variety of cancers, including those similar to end-stage human cancers. ... The goal now is to find a human treatment that could avoid the rejection problem by using a patient's own cells. White cells from a cancer patient would be combined in a test tube with the specific anti-cancer gene and then given back to the same patient." Scientists do not yet know how this cancer resistance works in mice - this is early stage work, for all its promise.