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Duke researchers find that new immune therapy successfully treats brain tumors in mice

  • Posted: December 18, 2012

Using an artificial protein that stimulates the body's natural immune system to fight cancer, a research team at Duke Medicine has engineered a lethal weapon that kills brain tumors in mice while sparing other tissue... The protein is manufactured with two arms, one that exclusively binds to tumor cells and another that snags the body's fighter T-cells, spurring an attack on the tumor.

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