Scientists hail autoimmune disease therapy breakthrough

Study finds CAR T-cell treatment sends lupus into remission, raising hopes it could be used to treat diseases such multiple sclerosis

Five people with severe autoimmune disease have become the first in the world to receive a groundbreaking therapy that uses genetically altered cells to drive the illness into remission.

The four women and one man, aged 18 to 24, received transfusions of modified immune cells to treat severe lupus, an autoimmune disease that can cause life-threatening damage to the heart, lungs, brain and kidneys.

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