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02-20-2014, 11:34 PM
'Living Drug' Kills Leukemia (http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/living-drug-kills-leukemia-140220.htm)

FEB 20, 2014 02:05 PM ET // BY AFP

The latest trial, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, involved 16 people with a kind of blood cancer known as adult B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).


For this study, 14 of 16 adult patients achieved complete remission after their T cells were genetically engineered so that they could focus on eradicating cancer. The patients' median age was 50, and they were all on the brink of death when they entered the trial, having relapsed or discovered that chemotherapy was no longer working.


The process involves removing some of the patient's T-cells and altering them with a gene to make them recognize a protein, known as CD19, on the cancer cells, so that they can attack them.

02-21-2014, 12:03 AM
Great science. Hopefully this technique has wider application.

02-21-2014, 01:18 AM
Wow, impressive.

I think there's a lot that could be done with knowledge of genetics. I have heard the Chinese are working on identifying genes associated with intelligence, so that they can engineer people for higher intelligence.