UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Winter 2018 2018 Volume XXXIII Number 3 - Page 17

research update Shaping the “magic bullet”: How UAB scientists helped usher in a new era of precision medicine B y M AT T W I N D S O R It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie: Researchers take ordinary soldiers, train each one to seek and destroy a single enemy, then replicate them millions of times over to create an unstoppable clone army. That’s one way to visualize what happens when scientists make monoclonal antibodies. These powerful medical weapons don’t get much attention outside the research community, but they’re an indispensable part of the new era of precision medicine. They’ve already revolutionized treatment of cancer. And throughout their long and fascinating history, fro m the 1970s to the present, UAB Cancer Center researchers have played a leading role. # K N O W U A B C C C • U A B . E D U / C A N C E R 15