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Dr Martin Pule


Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Research Department of Haematology, Cancer Institute will give a talk titled:

Genetically engineered cellular robots to attack cancer.

Cancer is a group of diseases in which cells continue to multiply in an unregulated manner. Our immune system protects us from infection. We can imagine certain immune cells as little robots hunting for and killing cells in our bodies infected with a virus. Recently, we have been able to take these immune cells from a patient's blood and genetically engineer or "re-programme" them to attack cancer cells instead of viruses. This is a very different new kind of treatment since the therapy is a complex living programmable machines rather than a simple chemical or protein drug. We hope we will be able to put in even more complicated computer programmes into these little machines allowing very precise and non-toxic cancer treatments.

See the seminar schedule for further details.

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