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“Genetically diverse tumours are like a gang of hoodlums involved in different crimes — from robbery to smuggling. And the immune system struggles to keep on top of the cancer — just as it’s difficult for police when there’s so much going on.
“Our research shows that instead of aimlessly chasing crimes in different neighbourhoods, we can give the police the information they need to get to the kingpin at the root of all organised crime — or the weak spot in a patient’s tumour — to wipe out the problem for good.” (Sergio Quezada, co-author of study)
British researchers have found a new way to identify immune cells capable of detecting tumours — opening a path to treatments that could trigger the body’s natural defences to wipe out cancer.