Cancer immunologists scoop medicine Nobel prize
James Allison and Tasuku Honjo pioneered treatments that unleash the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells.
Cancer immunotherapy hit the headlines again yesterday - this time off the back of the award of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to two of its scientific pioneers.
James Allison at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Tasuku Honjo at Kyoto University in Japan will share the 9 million Swedish kronor (US$1 million) prize.
Their groundbreaking work on how proteins on immune cells can be use to manipulate the body's own immune system so that it attacks cancer cell has led to the development of some exciting new cancer therapies - some of which are having extraordinary results for some patients. And, as I'm sure you will be all too aware, immunotherapy is now one of the hottest topics in cancer research!
You can read more about their story on the Nature website.
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