A research team has reproduced and visualized the earliest developmental steps in human immune cell production in the laboratory. One day the advance could lead to a patient’s own skin cells being used to produce new cells for cancer immunotherapy or to test autoimmune disease interventions. The group, led by Professors Ed Stanley and Andrew Elefanty, from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, said the work has added definitive evidence about how the body’s earliest immune cells are formed. The research combined genetic engineering and a novel way of growing stem cells, to make the breakthrough, which has been published in the journal¬†Nature Cell Biology.¬†Learn More