Using Blood As A Medicine

Blood samples in test-tubes

Rubius Therapeutics is reprogramming red blood cells to treat conditions like cancer, Business Insider reported.

Red blood cells processed in tanks at the labs are “armed” with a therapeutic protein designed to heal specific conditions.

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration approved two cancer therapies based on removing a patient’s white blood cells, which combat infections and foreign substances, and reengineering them to recognize and eradicate specific cancer cells.

Rubius is developing a similar, but easier to implement treatment with red blood cells. Once developed, the company’s “super-blood” will be used for blood cancers. Later, it may advance to tackle solid tumors and autoimmune diseases, like Type 1 diabetes.



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