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Using the only microscope of its kind in Australia, medical scientists have been able for the first time to see the inner workings of T-cells, the front-line troops that alert our immune system to go on the defensive against germs and other invaders in our bloodstream.

The discovery overturns prevailing understanding, identifying the exact molecular 'switch' that spurs T-cells into action — a breakthrough that could lead to treatments for a range of conditions from auto-immune diseases to cancer.

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I put this in rumors because it's possible it is a true research breakthrough, but I have not contacted sources (listed on the article page) for truth on the matter.

Anyways... it's a good read and wonderful news if true.
    
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Wow, a possible AIDs and cancer cure in one? They are going to have to invent a whole new Nobel prize to give these guys if this research leads to anything.
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I'm not so sure its a breakthrough in disease cure as much as it is in celluar imaging. I ve read about microscopes like this being built before but this may be the first one put into action.
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WOOOOT, auto immune diseases, i have vitaligo and occular albinism, so if they can cure that then that would be great.
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I'm not so sure its a breakthrough in disease cure as much as it is in celluar imaging.
Well no, but it is a breakthrough in understanding what causes the disease, or at least how it works (or doesn't). It is entirely possible that, now they know what they are aiming for, someone somewhere will turn round and say "oh that switch, we can stimulate that easily with this simple drug, we just never thought to test it on X disease".

Possible but sadly unlikely. Either way, understanding the way the cells work better will ultimately help in curing diseases. That is the aim anyway. That or creating a race of genetically superior mantis men.
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They just saw the components of a T-cell.


They did not invented the cure for cancer.


Therefore,

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they just saw the components of a t-cell.


They did not invented the cure for cancer.


Therefore,

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They just saw the components of a T-cell.


They did not invented the cure for cancer.


Therefore,

Thank you.
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a breakthrough that could lead to treatments for a range of conditions from auto-immune diseases to cancer.
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Wow, a possible AIDs and cancer cure in one?
Read my post before getting all uppity. The fact that they are both linked to this "immune switch" means that this research may lead to a cure for both AIDs and cancer, along with a host of other diseases. It is a big step forward in understanding the way things work. I was excited about the fact that they have done research which relates to two very big and currently incurable diseases.

I did not think they have cured anything

I am not an idiot

I can read.
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Thing is, isn't aids, or HIV, something that actually modifies DNA? I don't know if this will actually lead to any cure. Very nice break through though.
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