The groundbreaking approvals of two CAR-T therapies in 2017 was the climax of more than sixty years of devoted research. In the 1950s, the discovery of bone marrow transplantation laid the foundation for developing CAR-T therapy, as it was the first time that living cells were infused into blood cancer patients for the control of cancer.
As early as 1900s, researchers were becoming aware that T cells could easily search, recognize and kill cancer cells. To do this, the cells need a “guide” to direct them to the tumors, and thus, antibodies emerged as a valuable scientific and medical tool. [Read more…]