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Source: istock

Newly discovered immune cell 'may treat all cancer'


A new immune cell, which was discovered by accident, could be used to treat all kinds of cancer according to a team of British scientists. According to the BBC, scientists at Cardiff University were exploring how the body's immune system responds to cancerous cells when they discovered a new T-cell inside people's blood.

T-cells have receptors, called a TCR, on their surface that allows them to "see" at a chemical level and destroy threats to the body that they recognize. They're already used in several different treatments for cancer, many of which have shown promising results.

CAR-T, a drug made from a patient's genetically engineered T-cells, has been able to take some patients from being terminally ill to being in complete remission.