After successful trials in mice, the cancer drug that so far has shrunk or cured all types of tumors it has been tested against will now move to human clinical trials, thanks to a $20 million grant.
A study published March 2012 discusses researchers' find that the one-for-all antibody drug successfully blocks a specific protein, CD47, from tricking the body's immune system into not destroying harmful cells. Though this protein is present on the surface of healthy blood cells, the team from Stanford University's School of Medicine determined that CD47 levels were significantly higher in all cancer cells.
The single antibody treatment works by blocking the protein's signal, thus instructing the body's immune system to attack the cancer cells.
Here's hoping it is transferable to humans!
Though I know that if it's a success then I'll probably end up smoking again...