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Scientists may have identified way of turning off immune response

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.320c (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:320
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Scientists believe they may have identified a way to turn off the immune response when patients receive a transplanted organ or bone marrow by manipulating T cells, which are key players in initiating and conducting immune responses.

    In previous studies researchers identified a special group of T cells, called suppressor T cells, which can shut down the normal function of other important immune system cells called monocytes and dendritic cells.

    Normally, …

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