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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 8th Nov 2010

Why the Immune System Ignores Cancer

A Prostate Cancer Cell (c) Cancer Research UK Electron Microscopy Unit

In this NewsFlash, we find out how tumours suppress the immune system, to allow their growth to go un-checked.  Plus, how brain zapping could improve mathematical ability, a trick to block the damage done by a stroke, and the bacterial immune system - how bacteria keep themselves safe from harm!

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 05:53 - Cancer's Own Immunosuppressants

    New research has identified how tumours attract stem cells from around the body that are capable of suppressing the immune system - removing these cells leaves the tumour vulnerable to attack. Cambridge University's Professor Douglas Fearon explains more...

  • 12:20 - Bacterial immune system probed

    Bacteria have a clever gene-based immune system that helps them fend off attack, researchers have found...



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