Scientists Turn Nasty Salmonella Bacteria Into "Cancer-seeking Missile"

For a cancer as aggressive as Gliblastoma, the re-programmed Salmonella bacteria shows remarkable effectiveness in killing off the cancerous cells.

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Scientists at the Duke University in UK have claimed to have made significant progress towards tackling Glioblastoma, one of the deadliest and most common brain tumours that kill over 13,000 just in the US. The scientists reprogrammed the Salmonella bacteria, that generally causes food poisoning in humans, to attack cancer cells and claim that it showed remarkable progress in the laboratory rats.

The rats which had been infused with the bacterium managed to sruvive 100 more days with the cancer than those without the infusion. Those 100 days translate to about 10 years in human terms, a significant improvement since most of the patients die within 15 months after getting diagnosed with Gioblastoma.

In their own words, the researches claimed to have turned the bacteria into a “cancer-seeking missile that produces self-destruct orders deep within tumours”. They also said that any progress in tackling this form of cancer is significant given how limited modern-day measures are in limiting the tumour.

News source: Huffingtonpost

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