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February 11, 2011 / Martijn

Researchers reprogram Salmonella

New experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, may one day lead to anti-viral treatments that involve swallowing Salmonella bacteria, effectively using one bug to stop another. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health have reprogrammed Salmonella, the same foodborne pathogen that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, into a safe transport vehicle for virus-stopping enzymes. Not only did this technique effectively treat mice infected with cytomegalovirus, it worked as an oral solution that was swallowed instead of injected.

via http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/02/07/salmonella-anti-viral-gene-therapy/

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