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Mechanism Found That Causes Cancer Cells to Escape from Immune System, Form Tumors

from Texas A&M University via ScienceDaily

Under normal circumstances, the immune system recognizes and successfully fights cancer cells, eliminating them as they develop. However, sometimes the process breaks down and tumors form, and now we know why. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center found that when cancer cells are able to block the function of a gene called NLRC5, they are able to evade the immune system and proliferate, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). more


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