May 10, 2006
Posted by scott at May 10, 2006 09:15 AM
Slashdot linked up this Science Daily article detailing the discovery that immune system cells taken from a breed of highly cancer-resistant mice have been shown to combat cancers in "normal" mice. The research is hoped to eventually lead to a new method of cancer treatment in humans.
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Sounds like a great case of near infinite bacteria cells exposed to a pathogen yields a resistance sort of thing. Been doing this with all sorts of single-celled organisms, however, this is one of the first "higher order" animal cases I remember.
Aside from cancer-curing properties, this is a huge discovery. If we can successfully breed mice that are resistant to specific genetic defects, who knows what other cures are out there.