Artificial Thymus Fabricates Cancer Fighting T-Cells From Stem Cells

A new strategy to produce human T cells has been developed by researchers at UCLA. T-cells are the white blood cells that fight against disease-causing intruders in the body.

The system could be used to engineer T cells to search for and destroy cancer cells. It could be a valuable step toward manufacturing a readily available supply of T cells for treating many different types of cancer.

The thymus, located in the front of the heart, plays an important role in the immune system. It uses blood stem cells to make T cells, which help the body fight infections and have the ability to eliminate cancer cells. But as people grow older or become ill, the thymus isn’t as efficient at making T cells.

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