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Researchers using modified cells to fight Leukemia

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NEW YORK CITY (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Groundbreaking new research out of New York could not only change lives, but save them.

Those researchers believe they have found a way to use a Leukemia patients' own cells to beat the disease. They take the cells from a patient's body enhance them with a special protein and the insert the "T" cells back into the patient. These new cells then hunt the infected Leukemia cells and kill them.

In a recent trial 14 of the 16 patients tested had tumors associated with the disease eradicated following the procedure.

Some private companies are also trying to perfect the procedure to be used in breast, ovarian, lung and colon cancers as well.

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