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Research Highlights

T Cell Gene Encoding

Mark Davis, PhD, professor of microbiology & immunology, played a key role in isolating the gene coding for part of the T cell receptor, a key to the immune system's functions. The discovery brings scientists closer to the goal of developing vaccines to fight cancer.

Immunology, especially as it relates to the role of T cells and antigen-presenting cells, has been an important area of research at Stanford for many years. Of the many discoveries credited to our faculty, a significant number of them have elucidated the interactions between the immune system and tumors, laying the foundation for new ways to induce clinically effective anti-tumor immunity.

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