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Researchers Identify A Gene Essential For The Natural Killer Cell Response Against Cancer

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October 21, 2002
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have identified a gene called MEF that is essential to the development of Natural Killer cells and Natural Killer T-cells, which play a vital role in the innate immune system. Their findings are published as the cover study in the October 2002 issue of Immunity from Cell Press.

NEW YORK, October 16, 2002 - Two parts of the body's immune system are critical for its normal functioning. One of these, the innate immune component, must defend the body against onslaughts from foreign substances it has never before seen. Failure of the immune system can result in cancer, autoimmune disease, or life threatening viral infections.


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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. (2002, October 21). Researchers Identify A Gene Essential For The Natural Killer Cell Response Against Cancer. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021021052417.htm
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "Researchers Identify A Gene Essential For The Natural Killer Cell Response Against Cancer." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021021052417.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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