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Author Topic: United Sates Approves First 'Living Drug' for Tough Type of Leukemia  (Read 797 times)

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Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

The CAR-T cell treatment developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the University of Pennsylvania is the first type of gene therapy to hit the U.S. market and one in a powerful but expensive wave of custom-made "living drugs" being tested against blood cancers and some other tumors, too.



 

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