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Cancer cells made to kill each other
San Diego Union-Tribune

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute say they have recruited an unexpected ally in the mortal struggle against cancer: The very cells of the cancer itself.

In lab experiments, a team led by Richard Lerner, M.D., turned leukemia cells into normal immune cells with up to 80 percent efficiency. What’s more, these “natural killer” cells seek out and destroy their unchanged cancerous brethren, the scientists say. If all goes well, a human clinical trial will be launched next year, Lerner said.

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