Romanian researchers from Timisoara together with a specialist from Germany are working on a revolutionary treatment that might help cure cancer. They are practically working on using genetically modified cells in order to destroy the cancer cells. A similar study in the UK has already given positive results after a 2yo girl, diagnosed with a severe type of leukemia, has fully recovered.
The expert team from Timisoara will work on the TRADUS project four years from now on.
“We want to rebuild a guidance system to direct these cells to the tumor cells and to destroy only the cancer cells. The genetically modified cells will have a molecule on their surface, similar to an antibody,” researcher Oana Gavriliuc told Digi24.
The German expert who will coordinate the Romanian team, Rauf Bhat says that the project aims at cultivating the patient’s imunology through his NK cells, also known as the „Natural Killers”, namely the experts will try to activate these NK cells.
For a start, the cells used in this procedure will be taken from healthy persons, then they will be multiplied in labs and subsequently genetically modified.
The NK cells will be stored in a special incubator at 37 Celsius degrees in order to be multiplied, the same as the human body. They will also be fed with nutrients every other day.
According to oncologist Serban Negru, the immunotherapy and the cell therapies are a great hope for the oncology field.
The project developed by the Timisoara team is funded with EU money worth EUR 2 M.