Cancer-Combatting Engineered Bacteria
Researchers at Standford Medicine make an exciting new discovery in the form of the Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria. This could possibly lead to a new progression in cancer treatments in the near future. When they conducted tests, they altered the genomes of skin-based microbes in order to combat cancer. These microbes were swabbed on mice with cancer and the tumors began to disappear.
Michael Fischbach, PhD and an associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford speaks about the experiment, stating "It seemed almost like magic. These mice had very aggressive tumors growing on their flank, and we gave them a gentle treatment where we simply took a swab of bacteria and rubbed it on the fur of their heads."
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