Reseachers in Canada have potentially found a way to beef up the immune system's response to cancer and various infections.
The team, which is led by University of Montreal professor Christopher Rudd, has managed to find a mechanism which governs the ability of T-cells to respond to foreign antigens in the body.
T-cells are the primary force behind the body's immune system, identifying and fighting off infection.
The team's work details how receptors named LFA-1 oversee the adhesion of T-cells to other such things, like cancer cells.
The LFA-1 receptors create an intracellular pathway to the foreign cells, allowing the T-Cells to be adhesive towards them or reject them.
The research is being seen as a breakthrough in how cancer and infections can be fought, providing greater knowledge in order to adapt treatment.