Cancer cure: Scientists use light to help T-cells track down and kill cancer cells – TomoNews
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — Mobilizing a patient’s immune system to eradicate cancer is often hit or miss, but a group of researchers have discovered that light and optics might help.
Killer T-cells act as the body’s defense, but are often evaded by cancer cells and kept out of areas surrounding aggressive tumors.
To help them track down their target, scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center combined the T-cells with a light-sensitive algae molecule. A press release from the center reports that when injected into mice and activated with light, the T-cells were better able to kill the cancer cells.
In a separate project, mice with melanoma on their ears were implanted with an LED chip and made to wear a small battery pack.
The battery signalled the LED to shine light on the tumor, calling killer T-cells to the scene and boosting their cancer-killing function.
The non-toxic treatment is promising, but the researchers are still determining how effective it is on tumors deep in the body.
Go to https://www.patreon.com/tomonews and become a Patron now
TomoNews is now on Patreon and we’ve got some cool perks for our hardcore fans.
TomoNews is your best source for real news. We cover the funniest, craziest and most talked-about stories on the internet. Our tone is irreverent and unapologetic. If you’re laughing, we’re laughing. If you’re outraged, we’re outraged. We tell it like it is. And because we can animate stories, TomoNews brings you news like you’ve never seen before.
Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com
Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj
Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f
Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter
See a story that should be animated? Tell us about it! Suggest a story here: http://bit.ly/suggest-tomonews
Stay connected with us here:
Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS
Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus
149 total views, no views today