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Cell Implant Treats Inflammation Before It Starts

One tactic for treating autoimmune diseases like psoriasis, in which the body’s immune system launches an outsized attack on the the body’s own tissues, is to tamp down the immune system with suppressant drugs. But now researchers have devised another approach: a tiny implant of designer cells that detect inflammatory compounds before a breakout of psoriasis, and which pump out anti-inflammatory compounds in response, thereby treating the flare-up before it starts.


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