The immune system is supposed to be our greatest defense in defending against pathogens and rebuilding damaged tissue. Without it, your cold would win and your sore back would never heal. Chronic inflammation, brought on by an immune system in overdrive, could lead to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Inflammation-signaling cells or C-reactive proteins (CRP), is a molecule released by the liver as part of the immune response. These levels should go back to normal levels after defending the body, but instead hang out in the blood. What keeps the battle going? Recurring irritants, such as cigarette smoke, for one. Or, as we now know, carrying too much extra weight, or simply getting older.
The concept utilizes a disabled form of HIV that genetically alter the patients own T cells to attack malignant B cells. Providing the patient with something better than a drug–a lasting way for the immune system to fight cancer.
University of Pennsylvania researchers developed the experimental treatment that has been tested on 12 patients,