‘Atlas’ of Cells Could Lead to Precision Immunotherapy for Cancer
Doctors can potentially spot tumors before they take root then deliver a kind of preemptive immunotherapy strike. Immunotherapy is the use of drugs to stimulate the body’s natural immune system. Given enough warning, such therapies could essentially stop cancer by preventing it from starting in the first place.
The researchers plan to generate more of these cell atlases and share the results with the global cancer research community. Bodenmiller hopes the technique will follow the same course as human genome sequencing, with scientists sharing data and pooling computational resources worldwide. Ideally, all the industrial-strength number crunching will lead to clinical trials and new therapies for cancer patients.