Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cancer: Million-year-old viruses help fight disease

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  • James Gallagher
  • BBC Science Correspondent

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This discovery helps the immune system target and attack the tumor.

Remnants of ancient viruses hidden within human DNA for millions of years help the body fight cancer, scientists have concluded.

A study by the Francis Crick Institute showed that when cancer cells get out of control, dormant remnants of these ancient viruses wake up.

This inadvertently helps the immune system target and attack the tumor.

The team seeks to use this discovery to design vaccines that can improve or prevent cancer treatment.

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