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Radioactive Bacteria Dramatically Reduce Spread Of Pancreatic Cancer In Mice

Using bacteria to ferry radioisotopes commonly used in cancer therapy directly into pancreatic cancer cells in mice, researchers in the US were able dramatically to reduce the number of secondary tumors that arise when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body (metastases).

Claudia Gravekamp and colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, write about their successful experiment in a paper that was published this week in the print issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Gravekamp, co-senior author of the paper, is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Einstein and studies new approaches to treating metastatic cancer.
 
 

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