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Reprogramming of Immune System Cures Child with Often-Fatal Fungal Infection

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In the June 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of UCLA physicians and scientists describes the first case of immune modulation being used to cure a severe and often fatal fungal infection. The team “retuned” a 4-year-old’s immune system so that it could fight off disseminated coccidioidomycosis.

The case, originally reported by UCLA in 2019, could pave the way for a new treatment for the infection, which affects hundreds of Americans each year, primarily in the Southwest, and kills approximately 40% of the people who contract ...