Researchers in North Carolina have discovered a strain of mice with blood that can cure cancer in other mice. They don't know why it works yet, but if there are humans with similar cancer resistance a simple blood transfusion could be capable of curing cancer in the recipient.

A universal treatment that would work against any type of cancer has always seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. But now researchers at Wake Forest University have made a discovery in mice that might one day lead to a "magic bullet" against human cancers if it proves to be true in people. Several years ago, the researchers identified a rare strain of mouse immune to high, usually lethal doses of cancer cells. Now they have shown that not only are these mice cancer-resistant, but their immune cells are also capable of curing normal, non-resistant mice of any type of advanced cancer.

As reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lead researcher Zheng Cui and his team injected white blood cells from the cancer-resistant mice into normal mice with aggressive cancers that should have killed them in two to three weeks. Instead, their cancer disappeared.

There are a myriad of potential advances against cancer, and I won't be surprised to see the disease cured in my lifetime. Heck, if we can cure depression through electroshocks to the brain, why not cure cancer with a blood transfusion?

(HT: Instapundit.)

Update 070917:

More about "Granulocyte InFusion Therapy" tests in humans.

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