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Clinical trial shows ready-to-use cells are safe and effective to treat viral infections

02:08 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | Medical Xpress

Patients who receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplant are at risk of developing potentially lethal viral infections. Some of the infections can be treated with available drugs, but they are not always effective and side effects can be significant. Researchers at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist have developed an alternative treatment in which virus-specific cells protect patients against severe, drug-resistant viral infections. The results of the clinical trial, which appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that the treatment is safe and effective against five different viruses, including one for which there was no effective treatment before.

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