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Cancer 'danger receptor' discovered

16th February 2009

UK researchers have detected a type of "danger-receptor" cell that could start the body's immune response to cancer.

Dr Caetano Reis e Sousa, lead author based at Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute, said: "After a 15-year hunt, we've identified the first 'danger receptor' - one which senses abnormal cell death and then triggers an immune response."

"The detection of 'danger' could explain some situations when a tumour triggers an immune reaction against itself." 

 

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