04 Sep '11, 11pm

'Trojan horse' bacteria delivering tumor-killing blow comes from the soil | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

'Trojan horse' bacteria delivering tumor-killing blow comes from the soil | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Image Credit: Growing Cancer Tumor Illustration © Kentoh Cancerous tumors may just have met their nemesis, according to scientists speaking at the autumn conference of the Society for General Microbiology , which kicks off the UK tomorrow. But the fatal blow being delivered to dangerous tumors comes from an unlikely source - soil-dwelling bacteria, that have a special attraction for conditions found at a tumor's heart. This new therapy - the result of collaboration between the UK-based University of Nottingham, and University of Maastricht, in Holland - should enter clinical trials within 2 years. The bacterium being harnessed is widespread, harmless and has been on the planet for billions of years. Team leader, Professor Nigel Minton, described them: "Clostridia are an ancient group of bacteria that evolved on the planet before it had an oxygen-rich atmosphere and so they...

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