The possibility of specialized cells capable of detecting other diseased cells and cure is something that looks like something out of science fiction higher. However, such medical technology is already becoming a reality. A group of scientists has managed to reprogram cells to detect and cure diseases, according to a recent issue of the prestigious journal Science. The specializing review the work of Professor Martin Fussenegger, leader of a research group at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
The work of the scientist and his group was to modify cells so that they were able to detect two types of cytokines, molecules present in skin cells affected by psoriasis, a known skin disease. The healing cells are capable of generating other cytokines that reverse the effects of which are harmful, thus curing the disease. Swiss scientists have called this biological invention "cytokine-converting cells", but they are much more than that; are spearheads a new generation of cell therapies.
In Switzerland, a medical team made significant progress in order to reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases. Initially it was a cure for psoriasis, but this opens the door many other treatments. In Switzerland, a medical team made significant progress in order to reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases. Initially it was a cure for psoriasis, but this opens the door many other treatments.
Although the experiment was done with human cells, the subject of successful studies were mice. A single injection of reprogrammed cells enough to stop the symptoms of psoriasis for several weeks, thus making clear the success of therapy. The possibilities that this development poses are great, as in the not too distant future could reprogram human cells to detect and cure diseases such as cancer or kidney and liver failure among others.
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