Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scientists say salmonella helps immune system to destroy cancer cells

Scientists from Italy and the U.S. claim to have found a new therapeutic way to assist the body in defending against and killing cancer cells -- salmonella bacteria. Based on initial tests in mice and human cancer cells, the team observed that small doses of salmonella actually trigger the immune system to better find and hunt down cancer cells in order to kill them.

"We did experiments first in mice and then in cancer cells and immune cells from human patients, and found that the salmonella was doing exactly the same job," explained Maria Rescigno from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan.Read more...

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