Cancer-killing immune cells

Can we use our bodies to fight back against cancer?
19 November 2018
Presented by Eva Higginbotham
Production by Eva Higginbotham.


Cancer cells in culture


When we think of our immune system, most of us will be familiar with the white blood cells that circulate around our body to target and kill the bacteria and viruses that make us sick. But, we actually also have a special type of immune cell sitting in some of our body surfaces, like our skin and our gut, and new research suggests that these cells might hold the key to future cancer and allergy treatments. Eva Higginbotham spoke to Professor Adrian Hayday from the Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London, about his new paper describing the unique way these cells actually work, and why they might be an important player in the fight against certain diseases.


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