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Penn Researchers cure cancer?

UPenn and cancerOver the years on DT, I’ve covered some great stories about research coming out of Penn, but this one takes the cake.

Penn researchers led by gene therapy expert  Dr. Carl June, found a new way for treating leukemia by “turning the patients’ own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells.”

More about this exciting research after the jump!

 


While researchers have only tried it in a handful of patients, “two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer.”

Plus, while it’s a bit of a waiting game as researchers closely monitoring how long these remissions will last, this surely is encouraging!

Next up for Penn researchers is to test in additional cancers including pancreatic and ovarian cancer.

Read more about the study here and here

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