Beware, cancer! Thanks to a newly developed technology we are gaining insights into how immune cells can spot cancer cells that try to play hide and seek. This achievement is an important step in making anti-tumour immunotherapy more precise.
In 10 seconds? Antigens, the chemical ‘signals’ on the surfaces of all our cells, help the immune system tell friend from foe. A new method sifts through a huge number of them and flags up those that can call an immune response allowing our self-defence system to deal with tumours.