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Scientists Claimed to Get Breakthrough against Cancer

In a possible breakthrough in the fight against cancer, scientists in the second week of March 2011 claimed to have discovered evidence that the body's immune cells often share information about foreign substances with each other to ward off the invaders

Mar 14, 2011 19:52 IST
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In a possible breakthrough in the fight against cancer, scientists in the second week of March 2011 claimed to have discovered evidence that the body's immune cells often share information about foreign substances with each other to ward off the invaders.

An international team, led by the Australian National University, discovered that immune cells- which respond to foreign substances or pathogens- are able to rapidly transfer their ability to recognise the invader to other immune cells.

 This process may lead to new ways to treat cancerous tumours as well as strengthen the immunity in patients with weaker immune systems.

These findings can help increase the immunity level in human body against pathogens and cancer. In the case of cancer the number of immune cells in a patient that can recognise and eliminate the cancer could be multiplied significantly.

Research team leader Prof Parish added that he started research on this phenomenon in the immune system over 10 years ago.
However, the challenge remains before the scientists that whether they can develop this research further to develop it into an effective cancer treatment.

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