Electric shock can deliver genes edited to fight cancer

Photo of two T-cells with green fluorescent showing the gene editing targets reach the right cell.
T-cells with green fluorescent label. Photo: Alex Marson Lab

Some of the most promising cancer therapies alter the DNA of T-cells so they will attack cancerous cells. Scientists announced earlier this week in Nature that they developed an alternative process that doesn't use viruses to accomplish this and could lead to safer, more precise treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Quote"This could be a faster, cheaper, better way of making the next generation of cell therapies."
— Alexander Marson, study author, UCSF associate professor of microbiology and immunology