April 22, 2013

Radioactive Bacteria Kill Tumors in Mice

Sabrina Richards, The Scientist


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A weakened strain of bacteria can deliver radiation to mouse pancreatic tumors while leaving normal tissue unscathed, according to new research published today (April 22) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers found that treating mice with radioactively labeled, attenuated Listeria monocytogenes drastically reduced the number of metastases, suggesting that the strategy holds promise as a targeted anti-cancer therapy with limited side effects.

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TAGGED: Cancer, Bacteria, Radioactive Isotopes

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