Thursday, August 12, 2010

Salmonella Bacteria May Help Trigger Immune Response to Cancer Cells

Scientists have discovered that treating tumors with salmonella bacteria can induce an immune response that kills cancer cells, scientists have found -- a discovery that may help them create tumor-killing immune cells to inject into patients.

Researchers from Italy and the United States who worked with mouse and human cancer cells in laboratories said their work might help in developing a new drug in a class of cancer treatments called immunotherapies or therapeutic vaccines, which harness the body's immune system to fight disease.

To read the full article from abc news that this short abstract was excerpted from click here.

The full study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday 8/11/10.