'Living cancer drugs' stay on patrol in the body for decades

Professor Carl June — an oncologist, researcher and renowned pioneer in the fight against cancer — has created the first 'living drug' in medicine that can cure cancer.

With an understanding of the immune system’s process, Professor June and his team used genetic engineering to build a synthetic immune system that could detect and kill cancer cells.

His invention, CAR T cells, divide and multiply in the body to destroy cancer cells. A CAR T infusion has the ability to stay on patrol in the body for decades.

Watch his TEDMED Talk to uncover the research behind this discovery.

Professor June is the director of the Translational Research Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, US.