Mito Warriors: New Footage Shows T Cell Assassins Hunting Down and Destroying Cancer Cells

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Scientists discover how T cell assassins reload their weapons to kill and kill again.Cambridge researchers have discovered how T cells – an important component of our immune system – are able keep on killing as they hunt down and kill cancer cells, r
Scientists discover how T cell assassins reload their weapons to kill and kill again.

Cambridge researchers have discovered how T cells – an important component of our immune system – are able keep on killing as they hunt down and kill cancer cells, repeatedly reloading their toxic weapons.

Cytotoxic T cells are specialist white blood cells that are trained by our immune system to recognize and eliminate threats – including tumor cells and cells infected with invading viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. They are also at the heart of new immunotherapies that promise to transform cancer treatment.

Professor Gillian Griffiths from the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, who led the research, said: "T cells are trained assassins that are sent on their deadly missions by the immune system. There are billions of them in our blood, each engaged in a ferocious and unrelenting battle to keep us healthy.

"Once a T cell has found its target, it binds to it and releases its toxic cargo. But what is particularly remarkable is that they are then…
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