Salmonella Could be a Trojan Horse

1Salmonella Bacteria can Infiltrate Tumors

A COMMON food poisoning bug can act as a “Trojan horse” to help the immune system fight cancer, scientists have discovered.

The salmonella bacteria can infiltrate tumors and flag the cancer cells for the body’s immune defenses, making them a target for attack.

Cancers have evolved ways of evading the immune system and are often left alone because they are not seen as “foreign”.

The salmonella strain engineered by the South Korean researchers is a million times less potent than the version of the bug that causes food poisoning. Early animal tests have proved so successful the team is seeking funding for clinical trials.

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