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Programming white blood cells to fight cancer

by Edd Gent

Marc Lajoie
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Lyell Immunopharma
Country of birth: US

One of the most promising cancer therapies to emerge in recent years is CAR T-cell therapy. This genetically alters a patient’s white blood cells, or T cells, to target a specific protein, or antigen, found on the surface of cancer cells before releasing chemicals to kill them. The problem is that cancer cells often share antigens with cells of other types, so the therapy is currently limited to cancers of certain blood cells with unique antigens.

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