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Bacterial “Suicide Squad” Alerts the Immune System to Tumors

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Technology Networks

Published: March 9, 2023
Combining discoveries in cancer immunology with sophisticated genetic engineering, Columbia University researchers have created a sort of  “bacterial suicide squad” that targets tumors, attracting the host’s own immune cells to the cancer to destroy it. The new work, published today in Science Advances, marks a major step forward in efforts to enlist non-pathogenic bacteria to combat cancer.