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Tumor Cells Fight Back to Beat Immune System

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Science  22 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5291, pp. 1302
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5291.1302


One of the biggest puzzles of cancer is why the sufferer's immune system almost always fails to eliminate the tumor. New research published in this issue (p. 1363) suggests that at least one kind of cancer cell can kill the immune cells that attack them by prompting them to commit suicide.