Blood stem cells programmed to attack melanomas in mice

11/30/2011 | United Press International

Researchers said they have succeeded in directing blood stem cells to form cancer-killing T-cells that can locate and eliminate melanomas in mice. "These cells can exist in the periphery of the blood and if they detect the melanoma antigen, they can replicate to fight the cancer," said researcher Dimitrios Vatakis. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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