Salmonella ‘weaponized’ to fight cancer.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have successfully tested a modified version of salmonella in mice to treat cancer. Salmonella is known to infect people in the gut area, where many types of cancer can start.
The salmonella was treated to make it less potent, before having the cancer fighting hormone Interleukin 2 added. This hormone can identify cancer cells and trigger an immune response - it is currently used in skin cancers, but by using salmonella as the delivery vehicle it can target specific sites in the body too.