Ground Breaking Research in Cancer Therapy.
13 August 1014
Dr Mustapha Tahir

TIME

Bacteria are generally considered more foe than friend, but that may change, if results from a pioneering study are confirmed.

Reporting in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists led by Dr. Saurabh Saha, a cancer researcher at biotech company BioMed Valley Discoveries, found that directly injecting Clostridium novyi, a common bacteria species that doesn’t need oxygen to survive, into tumors in both dogs and a single human patient shrunk or eliminated tumors and possibly bolstered the immune system to continue targeting tumor cells for up to two years.

“We don’t use the word cure often in cancer. We need to remain humble,” says Saha. “But when we started treating the dogs, we achieved cures. That gets you really excited.”

The fact that bacteria could potentially be a valuable ally in fighting cancer first emerged more than a century ago, when William Coley, a bone surgeon, observed that some…

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