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Why CAR T Therapies are Such a Headache with Kevin Parker

Engineered T cells that hunt and kill blood cancers have recently obtained three landmark FDA approvals, forever changing the way we treat this disease. Even with its massive clinical success, these cells come with life-threatening neurotoxicities. But is neurotoxicity a set feature of using T cell therapies or is our engineering accidentally targeting the brain? Utilizing advances in bioinformatics and the huge sequencing datasets available to science, Kevin uncovers similarities between a cell type in our brain and the cancer we target with engineered cells. Finding this needle in a haystack, Kevin creates a link between how we engineer these cells and the neurotoxicities we see, discovering a potential root cause of the problem and generating a rule for how to engineer around it.

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