Clostridium novyi NT Spores
Using Anaerobic Bacteria to Kill Cancer
There are a ton of awesome research being done everywhere. The paper by Roberts show an awesome example of some innovative ideas out there! This group basically introduced the bacteria to target tumor cells. Since tumor cells are hypoxic due to the rapid proliferation of cells; and these bacteria thrive in hypoxic environments.
The group tested their hypothesis in vitro, and in vivo models of rats, rabbits, dogs and even one human patient.
There are still a lot of worries about the potential views of this treatment by both the public and other health care professionals due to the origins of the bacteria… but how awesome is this!
Anyways, if you are further interested, look up the paper below! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately for some of the projects I’ve been working on here in baltimore and D.C., so I will be posting quick summaries of papers like this! Let me know if you guys completely hate this and want me to post something else… :)
Intratumoral injection of Clostridium novi-NT spores induces antitumor responses