Salmonella To Be Used in Fighting Brain Cancer

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A strain of food poisoning, Salmonella,  may oddly be our best buddy in fighting one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer: Glioblastomas!

According to a new research project carried out by biomedical engineers at Duke University, the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium can be tweaked to turn a nasty bug into a cancer fighting missile:

“Brain tumors are tough to treat because they invade brain tissue and don’t have a clear edge that allows neurosurgeons to remove all the tumor,” Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, told Digital Trends. “The motivation for this study was to design a system that had the ability to seek out and localize to remote, metastatic tumors within the brain, and only express tumor killing proteins in those sites.”

Despite making people sick, salmonella is somewhat perfectly suited to destroy brain tumors-- being a bacteria with the ability to move in dense tissue like the brain according to Digital Trends.


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